W&J Men’s Golf Places Second At PAC Championship Tournament
BELLE VERNON, Pa. -- Saint Vincent carded 298 strokes Tuesday to hold off Washington & Jefferson and claim the 2013 Presidents’ Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship at Cedarbrook Golf Club.
The Bearcats, who earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, increased their lead over W&J by 11 strokes Tuesday and finished the 72-hole PAC Championship Series with 1,204 shots. The first 36 holes of the championship series were played during the fall season at Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex, Pa.
W&J was second with 1,231 strokes. The Presidents notched Tuesday’s third-lowest team score of the day at 309.
Grove City was third in the team standings, 12 strokes behind the Presidents after totaling 618 shots over the last two days (311-317) and 1,243 overall. Thiel (1,245), Thomas More (1,276), Westminster (1,314) and Bethany (1,487) rounded out the standings, while Waynesburg golfers competed as individuals.
Saint Vincent posted the top three individual scorers in the 40-player field, including PAC Medalist Micah Markantone. He shot a three-over par, 36-hole total of 147 (74-73).
W&J’s top finisher was First Team All-PAC honoree, sophomore Matthew Stearns (Saegertown, Pa./Saegertown). Stearns totaled 152 strokes (72-80) after leading the tournament following Monday’s opening round.
Junior Colin Izzo (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and freshman Tim Novic (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) tied for seventh place and were awarded Second Team All-PAC laurels. Novic led the Presidents on Tuesday with 74 strokes (153 total), while Izzo shot 77 and 76 during the two-day event.
Freshman Evan Lestini (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette) tied for 14th place at 156 (77-79), while sophomore Ryan Mazza (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) tied for 23rd place (163--83-80).
Washington & Jefferson returns 10 of its 11 players from this year’s roster next season when the Presidents look to add to their PAC-record total of 16 conference championships.