Men’s Golf Team Going for the Green with a Record-breaking Season
Earn Highest National Championship Finish Ever for a Marywood Team
Marywood University’s Men’s Golf team earned the highest finish ever for a Marywood team at a National Championship during the 2015 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships at the Grandover Resort, Greensboro, North Carolina. The team, which tied for a 20th place showing nationally, broke the previous Marywood record of a 24th place national finish earned by the Women’s Cross Country team at that sport’s 2013 Championships.
“The trip to and playing in the National Championship was an incredible experience,” said Eric Grundman, Head Coach of Marywood’s Men’s Golf Team. “Playing with and against the top programs in the country and being competitive with them is a testament to just how talented our golfers really are.”
The Pacers had a two-day score of 611 after shooting a 303 on the West Course and a 308 on the East Course. The Pacers were two shots off the cut-line (top 15 teams) after day one, but finished six strokes away from advancing to the final two days of play.
Jesse Bingaman ’16 shot a three-over par 75, while Michael Thomas ’17 fired a 76. Dalton Deardorff ’16 carded a 77, while Nicholas Johnson ’18 closed out the Pacers’ team score of 308 with a round of 80. Dominick Mancinelli ’18 carded an 87.
Bingaman finished tied for 45th overall out of 210 golfers. Deardorff finished tied for 78th, along with Thomas, while Johnson was tied for 105th and Mancinelli tied for 200th.
“It was an honor to represent Marywood University and to compete against the best players in the nation,” said Mike Thomas. “We gained a great deal of experience and we hope to use this experience to motivate us to compete at an even higher level next year.”
Marywood’s 20th place finish is tied with Wesley College of Delaware (2000) as the fourth highest by a Colonial States Athletic Conference team at the National Championships since the conference’s inception in 1992 (then known as the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference).
“At Marywood, we have some of the top Division III men’s golfers in the entire country, and I think they proved that in Greensboro,” observed Coach Grundman. “With all five starters returning, we hope to continue to build on this year’s success and take the next step towards competing for a National Championship in 2016!”
Dominick Mancinelli ’18
Jesse Bingaman ’16
Michael Thomas ’17
Dalton Deardorff ’16
Nicholas Johnson ’18