F&M Seeking Repeat Success at NCAA Tournament

F&M Seeking Repeat Success at NCAA Tournament

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LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall is prepared to take part in its fourth-straight NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships this week when the 2017 Tournament opens action on Tuesday. The four-day, 72-hole event will be held at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. from May 16-19.

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F&M's Road to the Tournament

The Diplomats earned one of 33 automatic qualifier bids for the 12th NCAA appearance in program history after securing their fourth straight Centennial Conference (CC) Crown, and 14th overall Conference Championship, at the end of April. 

Stephen Colodny placed first in the 35-player field, leading every round and ending at 219 with rounds of 72-73-74 for his first Title. Brad Lankler tied Swarthmore's Vamsi Damerla for second place, finishing three strokes behind Colodny at 222, while Ben Mitchell placed in the top-10 after turning in a 226 to tie for sixth.

The Diplomats, who are ranked third in the Mid-Atlantic Region and received votes in the National Poll, have posted a 303.7 stroke average through 21 rounds on the year. F&M placed first in four regular-season tournaments, including a Team Title at the Ted Keller Memorial Tournament on Oct. 11 with a 601 total (297-304). 

Tee Times

Day one opens for F&M at hole 10 on Tuesday when Jon Meissner tees off at 8:20 a.m., followed by Justin Lankler, Ben Mitchell, Stephen Colodny and Brad Lankler in 10 minutes increments.

Complete pairings, which will be updated before the start of each round, can be viewed here.

Last Year's NCAA's 

Colodny placed fourth and Lankler took sixth to lead the Diplomats to a 12th place finish at the 2016 NCAA Men's Golf Championships. F&M made history with its best team finish since the Tournament extended the field to its current format. The showing was also the highest a CC school placed at the Tournament, and the pair of top-10 placings was the most by any team in the field. 

F&M tied Transylvania with a four-round total of 1,236 with rounds of 302, 301, 320 and 313. Claremont-Muds-Scripps led the 41-team tournament from day one and won the Team Title at 1,198.

Colodny's shot a three-under 300 with a four-round total of 297, to garner the highest finish any Diplomat has placed in the DIII Tournament, while Lankler's 298 total for a sixth-place showing in the 210-player field was the second highest finish for a member of the F&M team.