April 30, 2006

Franklin & Marshall Finishes Second at Centennial Confernece Men's Golf Championships

PEACH BOTTOM, PA - Ben Madonia (Sr., Clinton, NY/Clinton) shot 81 on day three to finish with a three-round score of 240 (78-81-81) to place fourth and earn All-Centennial Conference honors while leading Franklin & Marshall College to a runner-up finish at the 2006 Centennial Conference Men's Golf Championships hosted by Franklin & Marshall College at Pilgrim's Oak Golf Club.

F&M, which entered the final round of play trailing McDaniel College by 10 strokes, shot 327 as a team on the final day of competition, while the Green Terror carded a score of 317 as McDaniel finished with a three day total of 952 (321-314-317) to pick up the Centennial Conference crown over the Diplomats (320-325-327-972).

Gettysburg College (322-332-324-978) was third, followed by Swarthmore College (329-335-324-988), Muhlenberg College (331-334-325-990), Dickinson College (338-333-328-999), Ursinus College (337-329-339-1,005) and Haverford College (345-336-352-1,033). It is the second straight title for McDaniel and equals the four Centennial championships won by Gettysburg for most in the 13-year history of the Conference.

For the Diplomats in the individual standings, Ross Brown (Fr., Kingston, PA/Wyoming Seminary) tied for seventh with a 243 (79-83-81), while Bryan Hartog (Fr., Richmond Hill, Ontario/Langstaff) (80-82-84) tied teammate Dennis Gunderson (Fr., Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) (84-79-83) with scores of 246 to tie for 11th place. Kevin Penhallegon (So., Glen Arm, MD/Loch Raven) concluded the Diplomats players shooting 248 (83-83-82) to tie for 16th place.

On the All-Conference team, Madonia was joined by medalist Steve Perrone (76-74-77-227) and Tom Michaels (83-73-78-234) of McDaniel, Tom Kefalas (78-77-83-238) of Gettysburg and Eric Zwick (79-83-80-242) and Mike Cullinan (80-85-77) of Swarthmore.

Franklin & Marshall's runner-up performance marks the third straight for the Diplomats after second place finishes at the 2004 championships hosted at Eagles Landing Golf Course in Ocean City, Maryland and the 2005 championships at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, Pennsylvania.

Overall, F&M has finished among the top two teams in the Centennial Conference the last four years as the team won the 2003 championship at Eagles Landing.

Complete results of the tournament are available online at the official home of Centennial Conference men's golf, www.centennial.org/championships/golf/