PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s golf team is ready to go at the Ivy League Championships. The 54-hole tournament will take place Friday through Sunday at the famed lower course at Baltusrol, which measures 6,986 yards and will play at par-70 for the Championships.
Penn is coming off a sixth-place finish out of 17 teams at the Navy Spring Invitational last weekend; on April 12-13, the Quakers tied for 11th out of 15 teams at the Princeton Invitational.
Teams will begin teeing off from No. 1 at 8 a.m. on Friday; at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday; and again at 8 a.m. on Sunday. You can follow live scoring through Golfstat, and also follow the conversation on Twitter at @Ivy_Athletics.
Penn at the Championships
Penn finished third at last year’s event, shooting 889 (+49) over the three days. The Quakers have won the Ivy League Championships team title three times, in 1998, 2007 and 2012. In addition, two Penn players have won individual medalist honors -- Michael Blodgett in 2008, and Scotty Williams right here at Baltusrol in 2010.
The Penn Lineup
Statistics are from the spring...
*Junior Ben Cooley (75.8 stroke average, 8 rounds) – second Ivy Championships appearance
*Freshman Dane Walton (77.4 average, 5 rounds) – first Ivy Championships appearance
*Sophomore Patrick O'Leary (77.5 average, 6 rounds) – first Ivy Championships appearance
*Junior Austin Powell (78.8 averag, 8 rounds) – third Ivy Championships appearance
*Junior Tomas Agrest (76.2 average, 5 rounds) – first Ivy Championships appearance
Penn will play this weekend without senior captain Max Marsico, who has missed the entire 2013-14 season due to injury. He was a first-team All-Ivy recipient last year after tying for second place at the Championships.
Cooley shot a 70 at Yale’s Macdonald Cup in the fall; Walton carded a 70 on two occasions, most recently in the final round of the Macdonald Cup; O’Leary shot a 71 at the Patriot Intercollegiate this past fall; Powell had the best score of the year by a Penn player, a 68 at the Patriot Intercollegiate; and Agrest carded a 72 at the Princeton Invitational two weeks ago.
Quoting Head Coach Bob Heintz
“We are headed to famed Baltusrol Golf Club feeling upbeat about the progress we've made over the last 2 weeks. We certainly have our hands full with Harvard and Yale teams that are playing exceptionally well, but we plan to be relaxed and eager to play the ‘underdog’ role and play it well. I am sorry to say that we will again be without our captain, Max; he is widely considered one of the top college players in the East, and his length off the tee would have made him difficult to beat at this championship venue. Max was not able to overcome a nagging back and rib-cage injury that plagued him throughout his senior year. In his place we have three juniors, a sophomore and a freshman in the lineup. It is a young starting five, but all have seen plenty of tournament action this year. The last time the Ivy Championship was contested at Baltusrol (2010), Penn's Scotty Williams brought home the individual title. We would love to see some hardware coming home again this week.”