ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – Paul Kovalcheck (Fairless Hills, Pa./Truman) improved by one shot each day to finish with a three-round total of 234, leading McDaniel to a second-place finish at the 2009 Centennial Conference (CC) men’s golf championships hosted at The Bridges Golf Club on Friday-Sunday.
McDaniel finishes second at CC Championship
The Green Terror carded a three-day total of 951 to finish 12 strokes behind team champion Franklin & Marshall, which fired a 939. A 308 round on the second day keyed the Diplomats’ second crown in three seasons.
McDaniel shot a 319 in Friday’s first round to finish three strokes off the pace before falling 13 strokes behind with a 318 on Saturday. The Green Terror’s 314 cut one stroke off the deficit and improved the squad from third to second for its fifth runner-up finish to go with six titles in the 16 years of the tournament.
Kovalcheck opened his all-conference performance with a 79 on Friday before firing a 78 on Saturday and a 77 on Sunday to finish tied for third place overall. Dickinson’s Tucker Joyce snapped the Green Terror streak of four straight individual champions with a 227 that included a one-under par 71 in the second round.
Greg Bowman (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) posted a 236 to finish as a part of three-way tie for sixth – one shot shy of all-conference honors. Bowman carded an 80 on Friday before posting matching rounds of 78 on Saturday and Sunday.
KJ Mazurek (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) opened his 11th-place showing of 240 with a 77 before carding rounds of 81 and 82, respectively.
Jeff Smith (Elkridge, Md./Cardinal Gibbons) carded a season-best round of 77 on Sunday to cap his 12th-place total of 241. Smith shot an 83 in the opening round and an 81 on Saturday.
Alex Campbell (Howell, N.J./Wall)rounded out the McDaniel competitors with a three-day total of 260 (88-83-89).
Team Scores: 1. Franklin & Marshall 939 (316-308-315), 2. McDaniel 951 (319-318-314), 3. Muhlenberg 953 (322-323-308), 4. Dickinson 962 (316-320-326), 5. Swarthmore 966 (331-313-322), 6. Gettysburg 1005 (333-348-324).
McDaniel Results: 3T. Paul Kovalcheck 234 (79-78-77), 6T. Greg Bowman 236 (80-78-78), 11. KJ Mazurek 240 (77-81-82), 12T. Jeff Smith 241 (83-81-77), 29T. Alex Campbell 260 (88-83-89).