PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's golf team begins defense of its Ivy League title from last year this Monday and Tuesday, competing in the 54-hole Adams Cup of Newport.
The tournament is hosted by the University of Rhode Island and will see the teams play 36 holes at famed Newport Country Club on Monday and a final 18 at Carnegie Abbey Club on Tuesday.
Founded in 1893, Newport Country Club hosted both the first U.S. Amateur Championship and the first U.S. Open in 1895. Most recently, Newport C.C. hosted the 2006 U.S. Women's Open. First designed as a nine-hole course by William Davis, it was later expanded to 18 holes in 1915 by renowned golf course architect Donald Ross. Another renovation in 1923 was conducted by A.W. Tillinghast -- the architect behind Winged Foot and Baltusrol.
The golf course at the Carnegie Abbey Club represents a transplant of traditional golfing values from Scotland -- birthplace of the royal and ancient game -- to Portsmouth, R.I. Designed by one of the great names in modern golf course architecture, Donald Steel, the course boasts traditional Scottish-style revetted sod bunkers, few in number but strategically placed for maximum impact on play.
This week's tournament will also be the Quakers' first under new head coach Bob Heintz, who was hired only a few weeks ago. In addition to URI, defending champion UCF and Ivy foe Yale, the field will host Bryant, Connecticut, Fordham, George Washington, Johnson & Wales, Hartford, Sacred Heart, and Villanova.
Three of the five players from last year's Ivy League Championships and NCAA lineup will be in Heintz' first lineup Monday and Tuesday -- senior captain P.J. Fielding, junior Max Marsico, and sophomore Austin Powell. They will be joined by the program's two newcomers, P.J. Collier and Patrick O'Leary. Sophomore Ben Cooley will play the tournament as an individual.
"We are eager to play our first two rounds at the heralded Newport Country Club, site of one of Tiger Woods' U.S. Amateur victories," said Heintz, who spent a number of years on the PGA Tour with Woods. "With the return of defending champions, UCF, the Adams Cup event boasts a strong field which will present our team with a real challenge right out of the gates. Starting two freshmen, we will be seeking leadership from our veterans P.J., Max and Austin."