HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Franklin & Marshall shaved five strokes off its day one total but narrowly missed out on making the 18-team cut at the 2017 NCAA DIII Men's Golf Championship, finishing the tournament in 20th place with a 621 (313-308).
Senior Brad Lankler will play on after completing the round in a tie for seventh place by carding a 74 on the day, earning one of six spots reserved for the top-scoring individuals of non-advancing teams.
Lankler (71-74) is just four strokes back of tournament-leader Addison Lambeth of Huntingdon, who leads the 215-member pack with a 141 (69-72) after round two at the par-72, 6,888-yard Las Colinas Golf Course.
The Diplomats finished a mere two strokes behind Webster and Pacific Lutheran in 18th, who each recorded 619 totals to secure the final two spots in the field. Huntingdon holds the team lead with a 584 (293-291).
Lankler managed to secure a spot in the final two rounds with a stellar back nine. He registered four birdies through the last nine holes, including two straight on 17 and 18 to finish out the round. Stephen Colodny produced another strong effort with a 77 to finish in a tie for 49th after shooting a 76 yesterday.
Jon Meissner shot up 56 positions in the standings, and knocked 11 strokes off his day one total, by carding a 75 in round two for a 161 total (86-75). His round included four birdies and a one-under effort on the front nine.
Ben Mitchell birdied three out of his final three holes to conclude his tournament with a 165 (81-84), while Justin Lankler rounded out the top-five after shaving three strokes off his round one total to complete action with a 167 (85-82).
F&M's 20th-place showing out of 42 teams marks the third consecutive season the Diplomats placed in the top-20 at the Tournament.
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