McDaniel performs admirably with D1s

Paul Kovalcheck © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Green Terror fires 627 to finish 10th at Navy

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Paul Kovalcheck (Fairless Hills, Pa./Truman) and Greg Bowman (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) each fired a two-day score of 155 to lead McDaniel to a 10th-place finish at the Navy Spring Invitational in men's golf action on Saturday and Sunday.

Playing as the only Division III team on the par-71 United States Naval Academy course, the Green Terror battled cool and windy conditions both days to combine for a 36-hole score of 627, improving on Saturday's round of 318 by nine shots and carding a 309 on Sunday – tied for seventh-best round of any of the 21 competing teams in the second round to vault the team from a tie for 13th into the top 10.

Navy won its tournament with a two-day score of 592 that included a 286 on Saturday. Bucknell was second with a 596 behind Sunday's low round of 292.

In the team's final tune-up before next weekend's 54-hole Centennial Conference (CC) championship, Bowman carded McDaniel's low round of the tournament on Sunday with a 76 after posting a 79 in the first round to finish tied for 36th overall.

Kovalcheck joined Bowman in that seven-way tie behind a 77 on Sunday and a 78 on Saturday.

Bryan Johnson (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) finished with a two-round score of 159, carding a 79 in the first round and an 80 in the second round.

KJ Mazurek (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) finished with a two-day score of 161, bettering his Saturday round of 82 by three strokes on Sunday to post a 79.

Alex Campbell (Howell, N.J./Wall) improved eight shots from the first to second round to finish with a 162 (85-77).

The Green Terror, in search of its sixth CC title, and the six other conference teams are slated to play 27 holes on both Saturday and Sunday next weekend for the championship and automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. Action begins at 9 a.m. on both days.

Team Scores: 1. Navy 592 (286-306), 2. Bucknell 596 (304-292), 3. Columbia 602 (296-306), 4. Lafayette 603 (306-297), 5. St. Francis (Pa.) 605 (308-297), 6. St. Bonaventure 610 (305-305), 7. West Chester 616 (305-311), 8. Iona 620 (311-309), 9. Lehigh 623 (311-312), 10. McDaniel 627 (318-309), 11. St. Joseph's 628 (314-314), 12. Navy “Gold” 630 (311-319), 13. Siena 635 (316-319), 14. St. Peter's 636 (320-316), 15. Millersville 637 (318-319), 16. Mt. St. Mary's 639 (319-320), 17. Colgate 643 (322-321), 18. Navy “White” 651 (333-318), 19. George Washington 657 (326-331), 20. Niagara 665 (339-326), 21. LaSalle 669 (333-336).

McDaniel Results: 36T. Greg Bowman 155 (79-76), 36T. Paul Kovalcheck 155 (78-77), 59T. Bryan Johnson 159 (79-80), 67T. KJ Mazurek 161 (82-79), 74T. Alex Campbell 162 (85-77).

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