Men’s Golf Team headed to Nationals

May 01, 2008

ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – Steve Meier (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum School) fired rounds of 73 and 74 in his final two rounds to capture medalist honors and lead McDaniel to the team title at the 2008 Centennial Conference (CC) men’s golf championships at The Bridges Golf Club on Friday through Sunday.

Entering the final round trailing Muhlenberg by four strokes, the Green Terror combined to a shoot a 304 on Sunday to win by 17 strokes over the Mules and capture its fifth CC crown and automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships on May 13-16 at Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Ga.

In Friday’s opening round, McDaniel posted a score of 311 to trail Muhlenberg by seven strokes. The Green Terror shaved three strokes off that advantage in Saturday’s second 18, shooting a 302 compared the Mules’ 305.

Counting a score no higher than 79 for the second straight day, McDaniel battled temperatures nearly 20 degrees cooler than the first two days of competition to outshoot Muhlenberg by 21 strokes on the day and win going away.

The Green Terror’s three-round total of 917 set a new conference record for lowest three-round total. Muhlenberg finished with a score of 934 while Gettysburg and Franklin & Marshall were third (946) and fourth (947), respectively.

Meier, who shot a 79 on Friday to tie for 11th place overall, finished with a three-round total of 226 to become the fourth consecutive McDaniel golfer – and seventh overall – to win individual medalists honors, outdistancing Gettysburg’s Tom Kefalas by three strokes.

Keyed by a round of 75 on Sunday, Gerry Butler (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) also earned all-conference honors, carding a three-day total of 232. Butler turned in rounds of 78 and 79 on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Paul Kovalcheck (Fairless Hills, Pa./Truman) and Zach LaVoie (Princeton, N.J./Pinedale) finished as part of three-way tie for sixth place, one stroke behind Butler. Kovalcheck fired an opening-round 74 before posting an 82 on Saturday and a 77 on Sunday. LaVoie, the defending CC medalist, followed up a first-round score of 80 with rounds of 75 and 78, respectively.

Taylor Massie (Southington, Conn./St. Paul Catholic) rounded out the McDaniel contingent, finishing 17th overall with a three-day total of 240. Massie posted a low round of 75 on Saturday between his rounds of 82 (Friday) and 83 (Sunday).

The first round of the Division III tournament tees off at 7:30 a.m. on May 13.

Team Scores: 1. McDaniel 917 (311-302-304), 2. Muhlenberg 634 (304-305-325), 3. Gettysburg 946 (314-320-312), 4. Franklin & Marshall 947 (320-312-315), 5. Dickinson 949 (319-316-314), 6. Ursinus 986 (333-339-314).

McDaniel Scores: 1. Steve Meier 226 (79-73-74), 5. Gerry Butler 232 (78-79-75), 6T. Zach LaVoie 233 (80-75-78), 8T. Paul Kovalcheck 233 (74-82-77), 17T. Taylor Massie 240 (82-75-83).