REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – The Penn men's golf team rolled to the team title, and senior captain P.J. Fielding took medalist honors at the Quakers' Rehoboth Beach Fall Invitational. The 36-hole event was held Monday at the Kings Creek Country Club, which played 6,480 yards at par-71.
Penn shot 296 on Monday morning and followed up with a 282 in the afternoon, finishing at 578 to defeat second-place Monmouth by 21 strokes. Saint Francis (Pa.) was third, at 600, while Mount St. Mary's was fourth at 603.
"I was very proud of my team yesterday at the Rehoboth Beach Fall Invite," said Head Coach Bob Heintz. "With an individual victory by P.J. Fielding, a tie for second by P.J. Collier, a tie for fourth from Ben Cooley, and top-20 finishes from Tomas Agrest and Geoff Locher, we showed great depth and toughness up and down the lineup. We also played 14 shots better in the second round of the day after a mediocre morning effort. To shoot minus-2 as a team in the afternoon on a challenging, narrow layout like Kings Creek was a fine accomplishment, and ultimately separated us from the pack. I am hoping we can build on this and ride some momentum into next week's event in Virginia."
Fielding rolled to the individual title, shooting a first-round 68 and following up with a 69 in the second round to finish at 137 which was seven strokes ahead of the rest of the field. Freshman Collier tied Monmouth's Ian Thimble for second; Collier shot 75 in the first round and matched Fielding with a second-round 69 for a two-round total of 144.
Cooley continued his hot play from Penn's first tournament, shooting a first-round 76 but coming back as Penn's third player under 70 in the second round with a 69. His two-round 145 had him tied for fourth in the field with La Salle's Tyler Fewall and Monmouth's Brady Goodling.
Agrest was fourth in the lineup with a 77-76--153, which tied him for 16th overall, while sophomore Austin Powell carded 85-75--160 and tied for 34th. Two Penn players were in the field as individuals -- Locher, a senior, shot 75-76--151 and tied for 13th overall, while freshman Patrick O'Leary carded 81-78--159 and finished 33rd.
Penn is at the Patriot Classic this weekend, a 54-hole event that will be played Saturday and Sunday in Lorton, Va.