PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s golf team continues the fall portion of its season this weekend, traveling to Yale to compete in the Macdonald Cup. The tournament will be held on the prestigious Yale Golf Course.
Penn is one of five Ivy League teams in the 12-team field along with the host Bulldogs, Brown, Cornell and Dartmouth. The non-Ivy highlights in the field include Illinois and Hartford. The teams are scheduled to play 36 holes on Saturday, and a final 18 on Sunday.
Penn’s lineup is the same as it was in last week’s season-opening Patriot Intercollegiate, with one exception. Juniors Austin Powell and Ben Cooley will lead the group and be joined by sophomore Patrick O'Leary -- who played last weekend as an individual -- and freshmen Matt Kern and Dane Walton.
“After a solid start last week at the George Mason event, we are looking to build more confidence and get more college experience for two of our freshmen this week at Yale,” said second-year head coach Bob Heintz, who enjoyed an impressive college career at Yale. “With Illinois in town, we certainly will need to be at our best to have a chance at a win. Illinois placed second to Alabama at last year’s NCAA Championships, and they are coming off of a dominant win last week in the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. While it will be a great experience to compete alongside them, we will need to focus on our own games to have a successful weekend.
“The Yale course is very challenging, and is visually intimidating to those who haven't played it before, so it will be interesting to see how our underclassmen respond to the course. Personally, I always enjoy returning to my college stomping grounds, and I look forward to sharing my memories of the Yale course and the university's historic campus. We certainly saw some highlights last week at George Mason with Austin posting a top-four finish, solid play from Ben and Dane, and lower scores round by round from Matt as he settled in to his first collegiate event. Playing again this week without Max Marsico, we are hoping for continued improvement from these four players and a strong contribution from Patrick.”