Patriot League Golf Release - 5.4.12

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Army's William Park won the individual title at the 2012 Patriot League Golf Championship.
Army's William Park won the individual title at the 2012 Patriot League Golf Championship.

May 4, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The 2012 Patriot League Golf Championship provided great drama, with Navy holding off a late charge from Army to claim its sixth League crown over the weekend at the Bucknell Golf Club in Lewisburg, Pa.

While the Mids won the team title by three strokes over the Black Knights, Army did produce the individual winner as senior William Park blew away the field by six shots. Both Navy and Park will now await to hear their NCAA Regional destination when the pairings are announced on Monday.

For his effort, Park also took home the Patriot League Golfer of the Month award for April.

April Golfer of the Month
William Park, Army Sr., Chapel Hill, N.C.
Playing his final collegiate event, Park secured his first career victory by shooting a 1-over 211 to win the Patriot League Championship by six strokes over the weekend. He went into the final round trailing by one stroke, but put up a 1-under 69 to win the individual title and nearly lead Army to a come-from-behind team championship. Park shots 69-73-69 for the weekend, firing two of the five under-par rounds in the tournament. He was named first-team All-Patriot League for the first time to go with a second-team citation from his freshman season in 2009. Park became the eighth Army golfer to be named the Patriot League Most Outstanding Player of the Year by winning the League Championship, and second in a row after Matt Krembel claimed the honor last season. Park will compete as an individual at the NCAA Regionals from May 17-19. He concludes his career with his first Patriot League Golfer of the Month honor.

Honorable Mention
Carter Rufe, Lafayette Sr., Rhinebeck, N.Y.
Rufe finished third at the Patriot League Championship with a nine-over 219, and also won the Lafayette Spring Invitational and Lehigh Valley Cup in the month of April.

Peter Scialabba, Bucknell Fr., Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Scialabba won the Patriot League Rookie of the Year award as the top freshman finisher at the League Champoinship, placing second overall with a 7-over 217 to help Bucknell to a fourth-place finish.

Patriot League Notebook
Navy Wins 2012 Patriot League Title
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 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).

Army's Park Claims Individual Title
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.

Despite winning the overall team title, the Mids did not have an individual place in the top five. 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.

Making History
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.

For more on the 2012 Patriot League Golf Championship, read the final recap with results here

Academic Honors
Bucknell junior J.J. Szmadzinski was selected as the 2012 Patriot League Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned one of five spots on the sport's Academic All-Patriot League Team, it was announced on Thursday. The awards are voted on by the Patriot League's golf sports information directors, who can not select their own student-athletes. Five different schools placed a student-athlete on the Academic All-Patriot League Team, as Lehigh sophomore Andrew Arnold, Army junior Matt Philie, Navy senior Peter Reilly and Colgate senior Will Zabel joined Szmadzinski on the squad. Philie and Reilly, who was the 2011 Patriot League Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year, are repeat selections on the Academic All-Patriot League Team. The squad consists of five student-athletes to equal the size of the sport's first-team All-Patriot League list. For the full Academic All-Patriot League release, go here