Navy Holds off Army to Claim 2012 Patriot League Men's Golf Championship

Army's William Park

April 29, 2012

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Lewisburg, Pa. - Rivals Navy and Army battled until the end for the second year in a row, but this time it was the Mids that came out on top by finishing three strokes ahead of the Black Knights to win the 2012 Patriot League Men's Golf Championship on Sunday at Bucknell Golf Course.

Navy wins its sixth Patriot League title, and first since 2008. The Mids advance to the NCAA Regionals on May 17-19. Navy's Pat Owen received his eighth Patriot League Coach of the Year award in voting by his peers.

The Mids led after each of the three rounds, and came into the day with a seven-shot lead over Army. They would need almost all of that advantage, as the Black Knights closed four strokes in the final 18 rounds. Navy won with a 54-hole score of 878, just ahead of Army at 881. Lehigh placed third with an 891, followed by Bucknell (892), Lafayette (896), Colgate (905) and Holy Cross (935).

Despite winning the overall team title, the Mids did not have an individual place in the top five. Army senior William Park blew away the field, finishing with a 1-over 211 to take the individual crown by six shots and earn the Patriot League Most Oustanding Player honor. His score tied for the eighth-best mark in Patriot League Championship history as Park had two of the five under-par rounds for the weekend. He receives an automatic spot to play in the NCAA Regionals as an individual.

Second place went to Bucknell's Peter Scialabba, who also earned the Patriot League Most Outstanding Rookie award as the highest-finishing freshman with a 7-over 217. He was followed by Lafayette's Carter Rufe (9-over 219) in third place with Army's Anthony Kim and Lafayette's Peter Gross in a tie for fourth place at 10-over 220. The five top finishers constituted the first-team All-Patriot League squad.

Navy was well-represented on the second-team All-Patriot League squad, with Peter Reilly and August Jonas tying for sixth place along with Lehigh's Andrew Arnold with an 11-over 221. Navy's Tim Shield shot a 12-over 222 to finish ninth, while the second-team squad was completed by Lehigh's Tim Rosenhouse and Doug Marcincin and Colgate's Will Zabel in a tie for 10th with a 14-over 224.

Reilly and Marcincin each joined the group of three-time All-Patriot League performers. Reilly made the squad previously by making the first team in 2009 and second team in 2010, while Marcincin is on the second team for the third year in a row. Rufe and Kim each earned first-team All-Patriot League honors for the second straight season, while Shield made the second-team for the second consecutive year. Park previously earned second-team All-Patriot League honors as a freshman in 2009.

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Most Oustanding Player: William Park, Army
Most Outstanding Rookie: Peter Scialabba, Bucknell
Coach of the Year: Pat Owen, Navy

First-Team All-Patriot League
William Park, Army (1st); Peter Scialabba, Bucknell (2nd); Carter Rufe, Lafayette (3rd); Anthony Kim, Army (T4th); Peter Gross, Lafayette (T4th)

Second-Team All-Patriot League
August Jonas, Navy (T6th); Peter Reilly, Navy (T6th); Andrew Arnold, Lehigh (T6th); Tim Shield, Navy (9th); Will Zabel, Colgate (T10th); Tim Rosenhouse, Lehigh (T10th); Doug Marcincin, Lehigh (T10th)

2012 Patriot League Golf Championship

Team Leaderboard
1. Navy: 878 (288-290-300)
2. Army: 881 (295-290-296)
3. Lehigh: 891 (295-296-300)
4. Bucknell: 892 (293-293-306)
5. Lafayette: 896 (307-288-301)
6. Colgate: 905 (313-295-297)
7. Holy Cross: 935 (319-295-321)

Individual Leaderboard
1. William Park, Army: 211 (69-73-69)
2. Peter Scialabba, Bucknell: 217 (69-72-76)
3. Carter Rufe, Lafayette: 219 (71-74-74)
T4. Anthony Kim, Army: 220 (73-72-75)
T4. Peter Gross, Lafayette: 220 (79-68-73)
T6. Peter Reilly, Navy: 221 (71-72-78)
T6. August Jonas, Navy: 221 (73-72-76)
T6. Andrew Arnold, Lehigh: 221 (75-75-71)
9. Tim Shield, Navy: 222 (69-74-79)
T10. Doug Marcincin, Lehigh: 224 (74-72-78)
T10. Tim Rosenhouse, Lehigh: 224 (73-74-77)
T10. Will Zabel, Colgate: 224 (78-75-71)