Defending Champion Army takes top spot in Patriot League Golf Poll

Army's Anthony Kim

March 8, 2012

2012 Patriot League Golf Schedule

Center Valley, Pa. - Army narrowly held off Navy and Lafayette to win last year's Patriot League Golf Championship, and the golf head coaches and sports information directors across the League are predicting a repeat in 2012 as the Black Knights finished just ahead of the Mids and Leopards in polling heading into the spring season.

Army claimed the top spot in the Patriot League Golf Championship poll with 63 points and eight first-place votes. Navy followed with 60 points and four first-place votes, while Lafayette came in third with 55 points and a first-place vote. Bucknell, which will host the 2012 Patriot League Golf Championship on April 28-29, claimed the remaining first-place vote and 44 points to finish fourth in the rankings. Lehigh (28), Holy Cross (23) and Colgate (21) rounded out the poll, where coaches and sports information directors were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

The 2012 Patriot League Men's Golf Championship will be held in Lewisburg, Pa., at the Bucknell Golf Course on April 28-29. The format is a two-day, 54-hole tournament, with 36 holes of play on Saturday and 18 holes scheduled for Sunday. The Patriot League champion will earn the League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Army won the 2011 Patriot League Golf Championship at the Naval Academy Golf Course with a 54-hole score of 870, holding off the host Mids by four strokes. Lafayette was just nine strokes back with an 879. The trio has taken three of the past four Patriot League titles, with Lafayette winning the crown in 2010 after Navy in 2008. Bucknell won the Patriot League title in 2009.

Seven of the 10 All-Patriot League selections from last year's championship return to the course in 2012, including four of the first-team honorees. Navy's David Hall, the 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, and Lafayette's Carter Rufe tied for second place last year, while Army's Anthony Kim and Holy Cross' Steve Zychowski shared fourth at the 2011 Patriot League Championship. Navy's Tim Shield, Lehigh's Doug Marcincin and Lafayette's Rob Robertson were all second-team selections, and Robertson also won the Patriot League individual title while leading the Leopards to the team crown in 2010.

Six teams gathered in a prelude to the Patriot League Championship in September, and if the first event at Bucknell Golf Course was any indication the 2012 Championship will be wide open. Army finished in second place overall and led all Patriot League schools with an 866 in the 54-hole tournament, and was closely followed by Lafayette (869), Bucknell (872), Navy (875), Lehigh (877) and Colgate (880).

Multiple spring events will feature more than one Patriot League team in the field, highlighted by Bucknell, Colgate, Lafayette and Lehigh all joining the host at the Navy Invitational the week before the Patriot League Championship. For the full 2012 Patriot League golf schedule, go here

2012 Patriot League Golf Championship Poll
1. Army, 63 points (8 first-place votes)
2. Navy, 60 (4)
3. Lafayette, 55 (1)
4. Bucknell, 44 (1)
5. Lehigh, 28
6. Holy Cross, 23
7. Colgate, 21