Friday, April 23, 2010

Golf Championship Preview

The Centennial Conference men's and women's golf championships are set to tee off on Saturday with Franklin & Marshall and McDaniel looking to defend their respective titles. The 54-hole men's event will be held at Stonewall Golf Club in Elverson, Pa., hosted by Ursinus, while the 36-hole women's tourney is hosted by McDaniel at Piney Branch GC in Hampstead, Md. Here is what to watch for this weekend.

The defending champion Diplomats have the Conference's low stroke average (312.75) and have a 26-2 record against Centennial competition this season. Senior Andrew Woods has the low individual stroke average at 76.67 and has six top-10 performances in nine events. Cameron Warner (78.00), Danny Liebowitz (78.38) and Brendon Mohler (78.77) are also ranked in the top 10. McDaniel (314.30), shooting for an unprecedented sixth Centennial title, is led by Keith Mazurek (77.78) and Paul Kovalcheck (77.95). Dickinson (323.83) returns the No. 2 player in stroke average - Joey Goldstein (77.33) - and the defending individual champion - Tucker Joyce (81.40). Also keep an eye on Swarthmore's Paul Weston (78.23), Muhlenberg's Zachary Oyer (78.55) and Gettysburg's Reid Sessa (79.86). The champion qualifies for the NCAA Division III championship. Championship website / Men's Golf Release

The Green Terror goes for a second straight and unprecedented seventh Conference title this weekend. McDaniel has the low team stroke average (364.4) and is 6-1 against Centennial competition. The Terror's lone loss - Gettysburg. The Bullets (369.0) are 11-2 against CC foes. Defending individual champion Caroline Nathan (89.0) leads the Bullets and her stroke average tops all Conference players. McDaniel is led by Morgan Koopman (90.0) and Val Saucier (92.2). Also keep an eye on Dickinson's Ann Gibala (90.3), Franklin & Marshall's Meghan Maloney (89.1) and Grace Gallagher (90.4), and Susquehanna's Rachel Villano (91.7). Championship website / Women's Golf Release

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