BERLIN, MD -- Carson Crooms (Fr., St. Petersburg, FL/Canterbury) shot 74 for a two-day total of 148 (74-74) to move into first place in the individual standings at the 2004 Centennial Conference Men's Golf Championship at Eagles Landing Golf Course in Ocean City, Maryland.
As a team, F&M, the 2003 CC men's golf champions, dropped out of the team lead as the Diplomats shot 312, seven strokes off the pace of Muhlenberg College which shot 305 to take a 615-to-618 lead over Franklin & Marshall entering the final day of play.
Three of F&M's four scoring golfers shot in the 70's as Kevin Philipow (Jr., Sudbury, Ontario/Region 18) carded a 76 for a two day total of 152 (76-76) to tie for third place, while Ben Madonia (So., Clinton, NY/Clinton) shot 76 for a total of 154 (78-76) and a sixth place ranking with one round of golf remaining.
In other finishers, Dan Eggertsson (Jr., Royal Palm Beach, FL/Suncoast) shot 86 to finish the second round of the tournament with a score of 164 (78-86) as the Diplomats will need to make up three strokes over the final round to capture only the second Centennial Conference golf championship in school history.
Overall, only the Mules and Diplomats are in contention for the team trophy as Swarthmore, the second place team on day one with a 308, shot 322 to fall into third place with a 630, while Gettysburg (320-311-631) and McDaniel (319-313-632) round out the top five teams.
Competition will continue on April 25 at Eagles Landing.
2004 Centennial Conference Men's Golf Championships (Day Two)
Carson Crooms 74-74-148
Kevin Philipow 76-76-152
Ben Madonia 78-76-154
Dan Eggertsson 78-86-164
Nick Leigh 98-86-184