W&J Men’s Golf Sits Second After PAC Fall Championship
WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson College posted a 36-hole team score of 617 strokes (305-312) to take second place at the 2012 Presidents’ Athletic Conference Fall Golf Championship at the Par 71 Oak Tree Country Club.
Saint Vincent (605) leads the standings and has the inside track for the 2013 team championship after carding 301 strokes on Monday and 304 Tuesday afternoon. The fall invitational represents the first two of four rounds used to determine the 2013 PAC Golf Championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. The final 36 holes will be played at the 2013 PAC Spring Championship (April 22-23) hosted at Cedarbrook Golf Club in Belle Vernon, Pa.
W&J owns a PAC-record 16 men’s golf conference championships and has represented the league at five of the last seven NCAA tournaments.
Thiel (621), Grove City (625), Westminster (639), Thomas More (646) and Bethany (733) round out the seven-team standings. Waynesburg also has one player competing to complete the field of 35 players.
The Presidents were led by freshman Evan Lestini’s (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette) T-4th place finish (150 strokes). Lestini opened with a three-over par score of 74 and closed with 76 strokes.
Saint Vincent’s Micah Markantone earned fall medalist honors with a 36-hole total of 145 (75-70).
Junior Colin Izzo (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) carded back-to-back rounds of 77 (154) and placed T-8th overall. Sophomore Matt Long (East Stroudsburg, Pa./Notre Dame) produced a T-10th place finish. Long shot 76 on Monday and 80 this afternoon.
Freshman Tim Novic (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) placed 13th with 157 strokes (78-79), while classmate Andrew Miller (Burgettstown, Pa./Burgettstown) tied for 18th place with 160 (80-80).
Washington & Jefferson continues its fall schedule this weekend at the two-day California (Pa.) Invitational at Cedarbrook Golf Club.