HERSHEY, Pa. - Led by a career-best round of 73 from senior Justin Hughes (Baldwin, Md./Calvert Hall), the Stevenson men's golf team posted a 309 for the second-straight day en route to a two-day 618 as the Mustangs won the 2013 Commonwealth Conference Men's Golf Championship by 18 strokes over Messiah Sunday at Hershey Country Club.
Head coach Chris Ramer captured his second Coach of the Year award in the last three years and his third overall. He was also selected as the CAC Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2011 as Stevenson captured its first conference title by winning the Capital Athletic Conference Championship.
Hughes carded the lowest round of his career and the lowest of the second round, finishing three strokes better than Messiah's Matt Burkhart and four better than junior teammate Ben Lukehart (Bel Air, Md./Mt. Carmel).
Burkhart won low medalist honors with a two-day 148, just two strokes ahead of Lukehart and only seven in front of Hughes and sophomore Al El Kordi-Hubbard (Vienna, Va./James Madison) who each finished with a two-day 155.
Hughes was one of only five golfers to record a score below 80 in the final round, including one of three from Stevenson. He, along with Lukehart and El Kordi were all named to the All-Commonwealth Conference First Team.
Sophomore Will Ellis (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall) also earned first team all-conference honors as the Mustangs placed four student-athletes in the top-5 with just seven strokes separating the four.
Sophomore Sean Cavanaugh (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) carded a second-round 80 to finish in a tie for 16th after an opening roun 85 which was the second-highest of his career.
As a result of its second conference championship in the last three years, Stevenson receives an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship and will be making just the second appearance in the program's history and first since 2007. This year's event will be held at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Florida May 14-17.