Kovalcheck earns medalist honors in playoff
ELVERSON, Pa. – Paul Kovalcheck (Fairless Hills, Pa./Truman) fired a final-round 71 to finish with 224 and force a playoff, leading McDaniel to a second-place finish at the 2010 Centennial Conference (CC) men's golf championship on Saturday and Sunday at Stonewall.
Kovalcheck and Franklin & Marshall's Cameron Warner both fired tournament-low scores of 224 over the two-day, 54-hole championship to force the third playoff for medalist and Player of the Year honors.
The pair shot par and bogey on the first and second playoff holes before Kovalcheck shot a par-5 on the 18th hole – the third playoff hole – to capture the individual title.
Kovalcheck became the Green Terror's 20th All-CC selection and eighth individual champion.
As a team, the Green Terror fired a 921 over the three rounds to finish 11 strokes behind Franklin & Marshall, which captured its second straight crown and automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championship at Hershey Country Club on May 11-14 with a tournament-record 910. McDaniel will now wait until May 3 to hear if the team earned one of three at-large bids or any player was selected as one of the five individuals.
McDaniel shot a 312 in the first round, trailing the Diplomats by seven strokes. The deficit grew to 15 shots after 36 holes when Franklin & Marshall fired a 301 and the Green Terror shot a 309. McDaniel made up four strokes over the final 18 holes, shooting a 300 to the Diplomats' 304 but notched its seventh second-place finish to go with five titles in the 17 years of the tournament.
Bowman capped his weekend with a 73 in the final round after a 77 in round one and an 80 in the split second-round.
Mazurek fired his low round in the second round, which was split over the two days with the front nine being played on Saturday and the back nine on Sunday, with a 73. He carded a 78 in round one and a 79 in round three.
Team Scores: 1. Franklin & Marshall 910 (305-301-304), 2. McDaniel 921 (312-309-300), 3. Muhlenberg 941 (316-315-310), 4. Gettysburg 943 (305-323-315), 5. Dickinson 961 (322-317-322), 6. Swarthmore 971 (315-330-326), 7. Ursinus 995 (324-338-333).
McDaniel Results: 1. Paul Kovalcheck 224 (76-77-71)*, 7T. Greg Bowman 230 (77-80-73), 7T. KJ Mazurek 230 (78-73-79), 20. Bryan Johnson 243 (81-79-83), 22T. Alex Campbell 245 (87-81-77).