LEWISBURG, PA — Led by three All-Patriot League performers and five
players among the top 16, the Navy golf team captured the program's
sixth Patriot League Golf Championship by edging arch rival Army
(295-290-296=881) by three strokes on Sunday
afternoon at the Bucknell University Golf Club in Lewisburg, Pa. The
Mids, who finished the tournament with a 38-over par 878 (288-290-300),
claimed the conference crown for the sixth time in the last 14 years
and the first since 2008.
By way of winning the 2012 Patriot League Golf Championship, the Midshipmen will receive an automatic bid to play in the NCAA Regionals on May 17-19 at a site to be determined. Host sites for this years regionals include the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C., the University of George Golf Course in Athens, Ga., the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich., The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky., the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla. and the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. The field and their regional destinations will be unveiled at 9:00 pm on May 7 via NCAA.com.
"I am so proud of the overall team effort we gave throughout the tournament," said Pat Owen, who was voted the Patriot League Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his 22-year Navy coaching career. "Everyone on the team contributed to our overall score and performance. We've said all year long that we have a great deal of team depth, but I felt strongly that we had a solid six guys representing us at the Patriot League Championship this weekend. The way we played certainly reflected our depth."
The Midshipmen, who headed into Sunday's final round with a 7-stroke advantage over Army, led by as many as 13 strokes on Sunday. But the Black Knights finished the afternoon by carding the low round of the day with a 12-over par 296 to nearly catch their arch rivals. Army placed two golfers on the All-Patriot League First Team, including senior William Park who took medalist honors with a 1-over par 211. Park entered the final round in second place, just a stroke behind Bucknell freshman Peter Scialabba. Park, though, shot the low round of the day with a 2-under par 69 to win the individual crown by six strokes. Scialabba, meanwhile, took Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors after placing second with a 7-over par 217.
Lehigh finished the championship in third with a 51-over par 891 (295-296-300), edging out the host Bucknell Bison (293-293-306) by a stroke. Lafayette took fifth with a 56-over par 896 (307-288-301), followed by Colgate (313-295-297=905) and Holy Cross (319-295-321=935).
Senior Peter Reilly (Merrimack, N.H.) and freshman August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) led the way for the Mids with each taking Second-Team All-Patriot League honors behind sixth-place finishes. Reilly shot a 7-over par 78 in the final round to produce an 11-over par 221, while Jonas, who was one of two rookies in the field to finish in the top six, turned in a 5-over par 76 on Sunday.
Despite struggling over the final three holes of the tournament, senior Tim Shield (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) held on to earn Second-Team All-Patriot League recognition with his 12-over par 222 which placed him ninth. Shield, who was neck-and-neck with Army's Park, was in second place with three holes to go when he double-bogeyed the 16th, missed a five-foot putt for par on the 17th and hit his ball out of bounds on the 18th. Meanwhile, Park cupped his shot on the 18th for an eagle to secure the win.
Sophomore Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) just missed gaining all-league honors, finishing 13th, only a stroke out of 10th, with a 15-over par 225. Selby turned in the team's second-lowest round of the day with a 3-over par 74 to move up four spots in the final standings.
Playing one of the best rounds of his career was senior Tyler Kuhn (Prospect, Ky.), who paced the Mids on Sunday with a 1-over par 72. He spent most of the day under par, including jumping out of the gates at 3-under. Kuhn finished the tournament in 16th with a 17-over par 227, improving his placement by 12 spots after the opening day of action.
Sophomore David Hall (Huntersville, N.C.) tied for 30th in the final standings with a 24-over par 234 (81-75-78).
Making up the All-Patriot League First Team were Army's William Park (1st, 211) and Anthony Kim (T4th, 220), Bucknell's Peter Scialabba (2nd, 217) and Lafayette's Carter Rufe (3rd, 219) and Peter Gross (T4th, 220). The All-Patriot League Second Team was comprised of Navy's Peter Reilly (T6th, 221), August Jonas (T6th, 221) and Tim Shield (9th, 222), Lehigh's Andrew Arnolds (T6th, 221), Doug Marcincin (T10th, 224), and Tim Rosenhouse (T10th, 224) and Colgate's Will Zabel (T10th, 224).