LANCASTER, Pa. – All five members of Franklin & Marshall's men's golf championship team were named to the Division III PING Mid-Atlantic All-Region Team announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Robert Svigals, Daniel Furman, Brad Lankler, Stephen Colodny and Christopher Gabriele all picked up the first all-region honors in their career. Gabriele was also named Mid-Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year.
Gabriele (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. / Cold Spring Harbor) earned All-Region Rookie of the Year honors after he was named CC Rookie of the Year last month. At the conference championship, he placed seventh with a 76-73-79 for a three-round total of 228. Gabriele's best finish in the regular season came at the Mason-Dixon Collegiate Classic where he shot a 74-73 for a total of 147, good for a +3 and first place out of 76 participants.
Svigals (Villanova, Pa. / The Episcopal Academy), who took medalist honors at the CC Championships last month, and was named CC Player of the Year for the second time in his career. The senior put together a stroke average of 76.2 and in addition to his conference championship victory, he won the Moravian College Spring Invite on April 9 with a 75 (+3), and tied for second at the Messiah College Spring Classic on April 16 with a 73 (+1).
Lankler (Westfield, N.J. / Westfield) had an impressive season for the Diplomats, posting a 73.7 score per round and winning three tournaments. The sophomore placed first in a field of 59 at the Penn State Harrisburg Invitational on September 22 with a two-over 146 (72-74) and won the Ted Keller Memorial Invitational on October 13 after shooting +4, while finishing off his first-place victories at the F&M Fall Invitational on October 20 with a score of 69 (-2). At the three-day CC Championships last month, he totaled a score of 224, finishing five strokes behind his teammate Svigals at 219 for second place. Lankler placed in the top-10 in every contest this season.
Furman (Blue Bell, Pa. / Germantown Academy) tied Lankler for second in the 35-player field at the CC Championships, as Furman improved in every round with a total of 224 (78-76-70). The junior put together three top-five performances this year, including a second-place finish at the Penn State Harrisburg Invite where he shot a 73-74 and second at the F&M Spring Invite where he fired a 68.
Colodny (Westport, Conn. / Staples) finished ninth overall at the CC Championships at 229 (74-83-72) and had two top-three finishes in the regular season. The sophomore finished third out of 97 participants at the F&M Invite on October 20 with a 72, and was third at the F&M Spring Invite on April 20 after a round of 70.
F&M put together a historic season and earned an automatic qualifier bid to the NCAA Tournament for its 10th NCAA appearance after dominating the Centennial Conference Championship where the Diplomats swept all the major awards and reset a handful of records. The CC Crown is the seventh for F&M, sixth in the last eight years and marks the program's 13th overall conference championship. The 21st-ranked Diplomats have won nine tournaments this season, which led the nation among all three divisions and marks the most successful season in program history.