ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall won an unprecedented eighth Centennial Conference (CC) Championship with a team victory at the three day 2016 CC Championship. The championship crown is the 13th overall for the golf program and the seventh in the last nine years for F&M.
The Diplomats improved seven strokes from their round two total of 307 and shot a 300 on the final day of action to finish with a 910 (303-307-300). Gettysburg made a late surge on Sunday and tied for second at 914 (316-305-293) and McDaniel took third at 915 (304-309-302).
Five players tied for first at 227 resulting in a playoff. Stephen Colodny and Daniel Furman joined Gettysburg's Danny Harcourt, Swarthmore's Vamsi Damerla and McDaniel's Mason Woolford on hole one for the start of the playoff. Colodny, Damerla, and Norwitz all shot four to par the hole and advance while Harcourt and Furman picked up a bogey and were eliminated from medalist contention.
All three remaining golfers picked up another par on the second hole before Norwitz birdied the third playoff with a three to win medalist honors and Damerla and Colodny finished at an even four on the hole.
Furman improved five strokes from his round two score of 79 with a 74 on the final day of competition and finished in a four-way tie for second at 227. The senior has finished second in back-to-back CC Tournaments for the Diplomats. Colodny was part of the tie for second after shooting 80-73-74 for a total of 227 on the par-72, 6,713-yard course.
Jon Granville fired a three-over 75 and finished at 230 to tie for sixth in the 35-player field. Jon Meissner was a stroke back at 231 and finished 11th with rounds of 74-80-77 and Brad Lankler tied for 17th after posting 235 (78-77-80).
The Diplomats earned to conference's automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III National Championship with the victory and will appear in the program's 11th NCAA Tournament. The 54-hole tournament will start on May 10th at the Midvale Country Club and Mendon Golf Club in Rochester, N.Y.