Patriot League Golf Championship Preview

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Navy's David Hall was named 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year.
Navy's David Hall was named 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year.

April 26, 2012

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Center Valley, Pa. - The 2012 Patriot League Golf Championship will be contested at the par-70 Bucknell Golf Course in Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday and Sunday, with the winner earning the League's automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals.

The format is a two-day, 54-hole tournament, with 36 holes of play on Saturday and 18 holes scheduled for Sunday. Each team will field six players, with the top four scores in each round counted for the team score. Army is the defending Patriot League golf champion, but four different teams have won the crown in the last four seasons.

The individual medalist earns the Patriot League Most Outstanding Player award, while the highest-finishing freshman is named the Rookie of the Year. A 10-member All-Patriot League Team is also determined by championship finish, with the top five on the first team and the next five as second-team recipients.

For tee times, spectator rules, information on each team, directions to Bucknell Golf Course and more, visit the Patriot League Golf Championship page

Patriot League Golf Championship Notebook

Army Picked to Win it Again
Army claimed the top spot in the Patriot League Golf Championship poll in March 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, the host for the Patriot League Golf Championship, 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.

2011 Championship Recap
Behind a final-round 70 and individual title from senior Matt Krembel, Army held off Navy by four strokes to win the 2011 Patriot League Golf Championship on May 1 at Naval Academy Golf Course.

The Black Knights came into the day six shots ahead of Navy after 36 holes of play, and held off a strong effort from the Mids with an outstanding round from Krembel, a 72 from Ethan Johnson and 73 from Anthony Kim. By winning the individual title, Krembel was named Patriot League Player of the Year while also capturing his fourth All-Patriot League honor with a first-team finish.

Army won its League-leading 10th Patriot League Golf Championship, and first since 2005. First-year Head Coach Brian Watts was voted the Patriot League Coach of the Year by his peers.

Army's 54-hole score of 870 was the top mark recorded in five Patriot League championships at the Naval Academy Golf Course. The Black Knights led by at least four shots at the conclusion of every round. The Mids came in second place with a score of 874, and were followed by Lafayette (879), Holy Cross (896), Bucknell and Lehigh tied for fifth at 900, and Colgate at 944.

Krembel shot an even-par 213 to win the tourney, firing a 71-72-70 in his rounds at the par-71 course. He came just one stroke off the Patriot League top 10.

Plenty of Talent Returing to the Course
While Krembel is gone, seven of the other nine All-Patriot League selections from last year's championship return to the course in 2012, including the remaining four 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.

Remember September
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).

More Patriot League vs. Patriot League Action
Events with multiple Patriot League teams in the field have continued throughout the spring season, and again provided indicators of a competitive weekend to come. Less than two weeks ago, Colgate finished one spot ahead of Holy Cross at the Rhody Invitational, Navy was one place in front of Army at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate and Lafayette placed second, Lehigh sixth and Bucknell ninth in the 15-team Lafayette Invitational. At last weekend's Navy Invitational, the Mids led five Patriot League schools in fourth place in the 20-team field. Colgate was seventh, Lafayette and Bucknell tied for eighth and Lehigh was 15th in the tournament. The recent action of Patriot League schools squaring off continued on Tuesday, with Lafayette holding off Lehigh by four strokes to win the Lehigh Valley Cup.

Back at Bucknell Golf Course
The Patriot League Championship returns to Bucknell Golf Course for the fifth time, and first since the host Bison won the crown in 2007 with a score of 883. Army won the title with a score of 860 in 2005, while Navy scored a 911 to win it all in 2000 and Army finished with a 938 while capturing the crown in 1994.