Three in top five gives McDaniel win at Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG Pa. – Paul Kovalcheck (Fairless Hills, Pa./Truman) won his first collegiate tournament, firing a round of 73 to lead McDaniel to a first-place finish at the Gettysburg Spring Invitational in men’s golf action on Tuesday.

            Kovalcheck was one of three players to card a one-over par 73 but was awarded medalist honors on the second handicap hole.
            As a team, the Green Terror combined to shoot a 302 in a 12-team field at The Links at Gettysburg, outdistancing Messiah, Susquehanna and York (Pa.), which all tied for second place, by 15 strokes.
            KJ Mazurek (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) posted his second top-5 finish in two spring events, carding a career-best 74 to finish fourth overall.
            Greg Bowman (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) posted a 75 to finish tied for fifth overall in the 62-player field.
            Jeff Smith (Elkridge, Md./Cardinal Gibbons) finished in a tie for 18th with a round of 80 while Alex Campbell (Howell, N.J./Wall) posted an 83.
            Playing as an individual, Chris Merrill (Kingsville, Md./Fallston) posted a round of 85.
            McDaniel returns to action at its own spring invitational at The Bridges Golf Club in Abbottstown, Pa., on Saturday and Sunday. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. both days.
Team Scores: 1. McDaniel 302, 2T. Messiah 317, 2T. Susquehanna 317, 2T. York (Pa.) 317, 5T. Gettysburg 319, 5T. Keystone 319, 7. Dickinson 321, 8. Gettysburg “B” 326, 9. Stevenson 331, 10. Elmira 334, 11. Marymount 337, 12. Lycoming 381.
McDaniel Results: 1. Paul Kovalcheck 73, 4. KJ Mazurek 74, 5T. Greg Bowman 75, 18T. Jeff Smith 80, 34. Alex Campbell 83.
McDaniel Individual: 40. Chris Merrill 85.