April 22, 2004

Franklin & Marshall Looks to Defend Title at 2004 Centennial Conference Men's Golf Championship

LANCASTER, PA -- The 11th annual Centennial Conference men's golf championship tees off Friday, April 23 at Eagle's Landing Golf Club in Berlin, Maryland. Franklin & Marshall looks to repeat as team champion in the 54-hole event which is shaping up as one of the best tournaments in history.

The Diplomats hold the top stroke average in the Conference at 317.78, but the next three teams are within six shots - Gettysburg (320.11), Muhlenberg (321.25) and McDaniel (323.44). Swarthmore (331.42) has averaged just 326.25 over its last four rounds and could also contend, as could Ursinus (340.78) and Dickinson (345.54).

Franklin & Marshall has four golfers among the top 10 individuals, led by junior Kevin Philipow (Sudbury, ONT / Heritage) who is tied for fourth (79.00). Defending individual champion Nick Leigh (Innisfil, ONT) fired a 74-74-72-220 last season to take medalist honors and is averaging 82.2 strokes this season.

Gettysburg junior Devin Russell has the top stroke average (78.37) and most top five finishes (4) in the CC. He has two third-place finishes and a fourth this spring and was tied for second at the Centennial tournament (77-74-80-231) last season. Sophomore Steve Hurd has a pair of individual titles and the fourth-best stroke average (79.00) to his credit. His wins came at York in March and at Ocean City in October on the same Eagle's Landing course.

Muhlenberg senior Matt Katz has the second-best average (78.55) and three tournament top-five placements. He and teammate Jesse Neider shared medalist honors at Moravian last fall. Matt Schoenfeld captured first place at Lebanon Valley two weeks ago.

McDaniel senior Joe Meier is third among the top 10 strokes averages (78.67), while freshman Carey Cherner was the medalist at Dickinson in March. Swarthmore sophomore Mike Cullinan is ninth in stroke average (80.45), while Ursinus' Matt Brown was a first-team All-Centennial pick after finishing in a tie for second last season (81-77-73-231). Dickinson junior Dan Emery was also an All-CC selection after tying for fifth at last season's tournament (81-80-72-233).

Team Averages
School Rnd Lo Hi Strokes Avg
1. Franklin & Marshall 18 308 329 5,720 317.78
2. Gettysburg 19 302 350 6,082 320.11
3. Muhlenberg 12 309 336 3,855 321.25
4. McDaniel 18 303 348 5,822 323.44
5. Swarthmore 12 321 366 3,977 331.42
6. Ursinus 9 326 361 3,067 340.78
7. Dickinson 13 328 374 4,492 345.54

Top 10 Individual Averages
Name, School Cl Rnd Lo Hi Strokes Avg
1. Devin Russell, GET Jr 19 72 85 1,489 78.37
2. Matt Katz, MUHL Sr 11 73 88 864 78.55
3. Joe Meier, MCD Sr 9 75 85 708 78.67
4. Steve Hurd, GET So 19 70 88 1,501 79.00
4. Kevin Philipow, F&M Jr 15 72 84 1,185 79.00
6. Dan Eggertsson, F&M Jr 9 76 86 718 79.78
7. Ben Madonia, F&M So 17 73 91 1,358 79.88
8. Jack Dillon, URS So 10 76 83 803 80.30
9. Mike Cullinan, SWAT So 11 75 84 885 80.45
10. Carson Crooms, F&M Fr 14 74 87 1,129 80.64
min. 6 rounds

Previous Team Champions
1994-Gettysburg
1995-Gettysburg
1996-Dickinson
1997-Muhlenberg, Ursinus
1998-McDaniel
1999-Muhlenberg
2000-McDaniel
2001-Muhlenberg
2002-Gettysburg
2003-Franklin & Marshall

Previous Medalists
1994-Brian Barry, McDaniel (184) *
1995-Rick Gesseck, Gettysburg (230)
1996-Jeff Forbes, Gettysburg (234)
1997-Jeff Forbes, Gettysburg (224)
1998-Tony Worm, McDaniel (226)
1999-Seth Aldridge, McDaniel (184) *
2000-Dave Fisher, Ursinus (153) #
2001-Matt Berman, Muhlenberg (232)
2002-Mike McLaughlin, Gettysburg (151) and Matt Kaufman, Swarthmore (151) #
2003-Nick Leigh, Franklin & Marshall (220)

* 45 holes
# 36 holes