March 28, 2009
McDaniel fifth at own rain-shortened invitational
ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – Greg Bowman (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) shot a round of 78 on Saturday to lead McDaniel to a fifth-place finish at its own invitational in men’s golf action at The Bridges Golf Club.
Originally scheduled to be a 36-hole tournament, a Sunday afternoon thunderstorm halted competition. After a 30-minute delay, the course was deemed unplayable for a length of time that would not have permitted the teams still on the course to complete the second round before darkness.
Despite six teams completing their rounds during the morning session – a group that included the Green Terror, the decision was made to officially shorten the tournament to 18 holes and count only Saturday’s scores for all 15 teams in the field.
McDaniel finished with a team score of 318 on Saturday. Carnegie Mellon and Susquehanna both fired 310 but the Tartans were awarded the team title after comparing the fifth score.
Franklin & Marshall fired a round of 314 to finish third while St. John Fisher was fourth with a score of 317.
Three individuals, including a pair of Crusaders, carded an even-par 72 on Saturday. After comparing cards, Vincent DeMaio (Susquehanna) was awarded the individual championship on the third handicap hole.
Elmira’s Nick Decker was second and Susquehanna’s Mitch Mercer was third.
Bowman’s round tied him for 15th overall.
Paul Kovalcheck (Fairless Hills, Pa./Truman) fired a round of 79 to place 21st while Alex Campbell (Howell, N.J./Wall) posted a round of 80 to tied for 22nd place overall.
KJ Mazurek (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) and Jeff Smith (Elkridge, Md./Cardinal Gibbons) each carded an 81.
Playing as an individual, Taylor Massie (Southington, Conn./St. Paul Catholic) posted a score of 82. Conor O’Maille (Frederick, Md./Gonzaga) recorded a 91 and Chris Merrill (Kingsville, Md./Fallston) registered a 95, both playing as individuals.
The Green Terror returns to action at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship at the Hershey Country Club on Sunday and Monday.
Team Scores: 1. Carnegie Mellon 310, 2. Susquehanna 310, 3. Franklin & Marshall 314, 4. St. John Fisher 317, 5. McDaniel 318, 6. New York University 321, 7. Rochester 322, 8T. Dickinson 323, 8T. Elmira 323, 10. Swarthmore 330, 11T. Keystone 332, 11T. Muhlenberg 332, 13. Gettysburg 333, 14. Wesley 337, 15. Nazareth 349.
McDaniel Results: 15T. Greg Bowman 78, 21. Paul Kovalcheck 79, 22T. Alex Campbell 80, 26T. KJ Mazurek 81, 26T. Jeff Smith 81.
McDaniel Individuals: 34T. Taylor Massie 82, 76T. Conor O’Maille 91, 79. Chris Merrill 95.