By Sophie Afdhal, Sports Editor ||

As men’s golf prepares to host the F&M Invitational tournament on April 14th, its record and progress thus far this season shows great success.

The team’s Spring season began on March 24 with a first place win at the York Invitational Tournament. The men secured the win by 15 strokes and had good showings by several of the athletes. Four of the Diplomats were in the top 10, with Daniel Furman ’15 finishing the par of 72 course with a 71. Brad Lanker ’17 finished with a 72 to place fourth out of 83 competitors. Robert Svigals ’15 placed 5th with a score of 73.

This was not F&M’s only first place tournament win. The Diplomats participated in the two day Hershey Cup on April 6 and 7. F&M led the competition during day one and finished the tournament in fourth place out of 15. Furman placed fourth out of 81 athletes.

With only two tournaments left until the Centennial Conference Championships, the Spring season is drawing to a close. The F&M Invitational will take place at the Bent Creek Country Club on April 14 and, after that, only the Messiah Invitational remains.

Women’s golf faced many challenges this season. Both the Millersville Invitational and Muhlenberg Invitational were canceled, severely limiting the number of tournaments in which the team was able to compete.

The biggest success of the season was in the opening tournament hosted by Ursinus College. F&M placed second in the North American Women’s Golf Challenge. Kathleen Smith had the top F&M performance, snagging third place with a score of 93. Stephanie Savage ’14, who shot a 105, secured seventh place. Jennifer Dickey ’14 was also in the top 10, shooting 106 for ninth place.

The women competed in two other tournaments this season. They placed eighth out of eight at the Kutztown Spring Invitational. They competed in the Gettysburg Grey Cup and secured 4th place out of 7 teams.

Smith secured the second place with a score of 86, only five strokes behind the event’s winner. Bridget Falcone ’17 tied for 14 out of 38 with a score of 97. Lauren Caffee ’15 and Savage both shot a 106 for F&M.

The Lady Dips will be competing in the Ursinus Invitational on April 15, the team’s last tournament before the Centennial Conference Championships on the 26th and 27th of April.

Both the men’s and women’s golf teams have had good showings this season and will hopefully continue their strong performances through their remaining


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