Diplomats Finish 17th; Miss Cut by Four Strokes at NCAA Tournament

Diplomats Finish 17th; Miss Cut by Four Strokes at NCAA Tournament

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Franklin & Marshall shaved three strokes off its round one total of 306 and finished at 303 in the second round of the NCAA Men's Golf Championship Wednesday evening. The Diplomats tied for 17th (609) and missed the 15-team cut by just four strokes. The 17th-place finish is the highest in Centennial Conference history and the highest in school history since the 1987 team finished seventh. Redlands sits on top of the team leader board in the 41-team event at 577.

Brad Lankler paced the Diplomats with a 152 and tied for 65th. Lankler shaved two strokes off his 77 on day one and carded a 75, with four birdies in the round. Stephen Colodny and Christopher Gabriele both shot 153 and tied for 78th in 210-player field. Gabriele shaved nine strokes off yesterday's score of 81 with two birdies while Colodny scored a 74 and 79 respectively.

Robert Svigals took a stroke his 78 and fired a 77 to finish at 155 and tied for 105th place. Anthony Macaglia from Oglenthrope leads the tournament with a six-under 138. Daniel Furman rounded out the F&M squad with a 158 (77-81) on the par-71, 6,710-yard West Course at the Grandover Resort.

F&M wrapped up one of the most successful seasons in program history. The Diplomats made their 10th NCAA appearance after dominating the Centennial Conference Championship where F&M swept all the major awards and reset a handful of records. The CC Crown was the seventh for the Diplomats, sixth in the last eight years and marked the program's 13th overall conference championship. The 21st-ranked Diplomats won nine tournaments this season, which led the nation among all three divisions.