James Lillie, 2013 CC Individual Champion • Alex Kane, 2013 CC Rookie of the Year
A McDaniel golfer fired the low round each day. A McDaniel golfer held the individual lead after 18 holes. After 36 holes. And, most importantly, after 54 holes. That work translated into the program's seventh Centennial Conference (CC) championship.
McDaniel turned in a round of 301 in ideal scoring conditions during the first round at Blue Ridge Country Club to match the conference record for low team score.
The Green Terror followed that up with a round of 303 to post a score of 604 through 36 holes – the lowest such total in championship history.
When conditions deteriorated some on Sunday, McDaniel used an 11-stroke lead to its advantage, holding on with a score of 314 to post a three-round score of 918 – one shy of its 2008 tournament record. The Green Terror defeated second-place Franklin & Marshall by a total of nine shots to earn the conference's automatic bid to the 72-hole NCAA Division III championship at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.
Individually, sophomore James Lillie (Garret Park, Md./Walter Johnson) became the program's eighth individual champion with an individual scoring record of 219, breaking the nine-year-old mark of 220 by a shot.
Among Lillie's weekend was an single-round tournament record score of 68 on Saturday. He also posted a score of 75 on Friday and 76 on Sunday to finish eight shots clear of the field. With Lillie's individual championship comes CC Player of the Year honors.
Alex Kane was named Rookie of the Year by virtue of his third-place finish at the tournament. Kane turned in the best round of any freshman in the field with his 54-hole total 229 that included a one-over par 73 in the first round to lead the field after 18 holes.
While at the NCAA championship, two members were named to the Division III PING all-region team. James Lillie, a sophomore, made his second straight appearance on the All-Mid-Atlantic team while Cody Mewhirter, a sophomore, earned his first regional honor.
The Green Terror posted a round of 311 to make it a 36-hole total of 638 and finish tied for 28th overall at the Division III championship. McDaniel missed what turned into a low cut line by 32 strokes. The top 15 teams after two rounds advance to play in the final two rounds of the championship on Thursday and Friday.