BERLIN, MD -- Carson Crooms (Fr., St. Petersburg, FL/Canterbury) shot 82 in the third and final round to earn medalist honors and lead the Franklin & Marshall College men's golf team to a runner-up finish at the 2004 Centennial Conference Men's Golf Championship at Eagles Landing Golf Course in Ocean City, Maryland.
Crooms performance marks the second year in a row the Diplomats' have earned the tournament medalist as Nick Leigh (Sr., Innisfil, Ontario) earned the honor last year while leading Franklin & Marshall to the 2003 Championship.
This year, Crooms finished first with a three-day total of 230 (74-74-82), while teammate Kevin Philipow (Jr., Sudbury, Ontario/Region 18) placed second with a 231 (76-76-79) as F&M finished with a team score of 941 to tie with Gettysburg College for second place behind 2004 champion Muhlenberg College (936).
Muhlenberg entered the final day of play with a 615-618 lead over the Diplomats as the Mules shot 321 to F&M's 323 to win the championship by five strokes.
For the Diplomats Ben Madonia (So., Clinton, NY/Clinton) finished eighth in the individual standings with a total of 236 (78-76-82). Dan Eggertsson (Jr., Royal Palm Beach, FL/Suncoast) carded a third round score of 80 to conclude the tournament with a 244 (78-86-80) to round out F&M's four scoring golfers.
Franklin & Marshall will now await word from the regional selection committee regarding a possible berth in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament to be hosted in San Diego, California.
2. Franklin & Marshall-306+312+323=941
Top Individual Scores
1. Carson Crooms, F&M-74+74+82=230
2. Kevin Philipow, F&M-76+76+79=231
2. Devin Russell, Gettysburg-77+78+76=231
2. Brian Farrally, Muhlenberg-77+74+80=231
5. Ian Umphrey, McDaniel-76+79+79=234
5. Matt Katz,Muhlenberg-75+77+82=234
7. Carey Cherner, McDaniel-81+77+77=235
8. Ben Madonia, F&M-78+76+82=236
8. Matt Schoenfeld, Muhlenberg-74+78+84=236
10. Kevin Hinder, Gettysburg-79+77+81=237
Franklin & Marshall 306-312-323-941
Carson Crooms (74-74-82-230)
Kevin Philipow (76-76-79-231)
Ben Madonia (78-76-82-236)
Den Eggertsson (78-86-80-244)
Nick Leigh (98-86-90-274)