Although the most-prolific stretch of dominance in Centennial Conference (CC) history, which saw Franklin & Marshall's men's golf team claim five-consecutive Championships from 2014-18, came to a close in 2019, the Diplomats provided plenty of memorable team and individual finishes on their way to another successful campaign.
The regular season saw F&M earn five team and five individual titles across 10 tournaments, including a come-from-behind win at the 10-team Ted Keller Memorial Invitational, hosted by Randolph-Macon on October 8-9.
In the spring, the Diplomats provided a commanding performance at the Swarthmore/Neumann Invite on March 24 when Lankler, Steve Nicholas '20, and Tyler Wassell '22 tied for third out of 52 golfers with identical rounds of 78, leading F&M to a first-place showing out of 10 programs.
Following a second-place effort out of 18 teams at the Rosemont Raven Invitational on April 13-14, F&M entered the 2019 CC Championship firing on all cylinders. The Diplomats once again proved to be a force at the Tournament as two individuals finished in the top-10.
Berlin earned Rookie of the Year honors after tying for fifth with rounds of 79, 77 and 77 for a 233, while Lankler tied for eighth with a 237 total (79-83-75).
As a team, F&M saved its best for the final round as the Diplomats shaved 12 strokes off the previous day's total to climb back into contention but ultimately were forced to settle for fourth place and a 953 total (321-322-310).
Seiichiro Nakai '20 went on to claim All-Region recognition by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The California-native recorded six top-10 finishes on the year, including a second-place showing at the F&M Fall Invitational on October 15th.
In addition to his All-CC honors, Berlin was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Freshman of the Year. He won two events during his dominant rookie campaign and finished in the top-six in seven out of eight events.