Lehigh duo captures Pennsylvania Better Ball Championship
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The summer golf season started strong for Lehigh teammates Doug Marcincin and Andrew Arnold, who paired up to win the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Better Ball Championship in late May at the Country Club of Scranton. The duo fired a final round 65 including two key eagles in the final seven holes, to win the championship by one stroke.
Marcincin, a rising senior and two-time All-Patriot League performer from Liberty High School in Bethlehem, teamed with Arnold, a Lancaster native who will be a sophomore in the fall to shoot 12 under par 232 in the two-day tournament, played on the Country Club of Scranton’s 7,031 yard, par 72 Old Course. Scoring low on the par 5’s was key for the Mountain Hawk duo as their title run was keyed by a total of three eagles, three birdies and two pars on the course’s longest holes.
Trailing entering the final round of play, Lehigh’s duo picked things up on the back nine, tying for the lead with an eagle on the 483 par 5, 12th hole and taking the lead for good with another eagle two holes later on the 583 yard par 5, 14th. The 2008 Champions, Eric Williams and James Gardas of Honesdale Golf Club finished second, one shot behind Marcincin and Arnold.
A co-captain for the Mountain Hawks as a junior, Marcincin earned second team All-Patriot League honors for the second straight year after tying for eighth at the league championships in Annapolis, Md. Marcincin’s final round 68 marked the low round of the 2011 Patriot League Championship tournament. Arnold did not compete for Lehigh at the Patriot League Championships, but did enjoy a strong freshman season for the Brown and White. He was the Mountain Hawks’ top finisher at the Lehigh Valley Collegiate in April, finishing second overall with a season-low round of 75.
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