LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall men's golf team will defend their Centennial Conference (CC) championship tomorrow when the Diplomats tee off at Blue Ridge Country Club in Harrisburg.
The 2012 CC Crown was the fifth for F&M and the fourth in the last five years. There are 18 holes scheduled for each of the three days with the winner receiving the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
F&M enters the weekend with the lowest team average in the conference at 310.50 with McDaniel close by at 311.73. The two teams have accounted for all the CC team championships since 2005.
The top eight players in stroke average are all freshmen or sophomores. Dickinson sophomore Chris Noonan leads the CC at 75.89; Ursinus sophomore Russell Hill is second at 76.64, while McDaniel's James Lillie is fourth at 76.95. F&M's Daniel Furman is the top freshman in the fifth position (77.25). Lillie has placed in the top 10 six times in his 11 events this season - tops in the Conference.
Robert Svigals, Furman, Jeremy Rubin, Dave Gilbert and Jin Hwang will make up the F&M team this year. Svigals has averaged 77.6 this year with two top-10 finishes while Furman was slightly better at 77.25. Rubin has an average of 78.6 over 14 rounds, Gilbert has eight rounds under his belt this year with a 78.5 average while Hwang has averaged 78.8 over 11 rounds.
The Diplomats are playing for their 11th overall league championship. F&M won five Middle Atlantic Conference Championships between 1980 and 1987. Should the Diplomats succeed in their defense, it would take F&M to the NCAA tourney for the ninth time.
GoDiplomats.com will have scores and recaps at the end of each day of action.