Ivy League Championships information
PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s golf team is ready to defend its Ivy League Championships team title. The 54-hole event will take place from Friday to Sunday at a new venue, the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. Teams will tee off at approximately 8 a.m. on Friday; noon on Saturday; and 8 a.m. on Sunday.
Penn is coming off the team title at the 21-team Navy Spring Invitational last weekend; the Quakers tied Virginia after 36 holes, then defeated the Cavaliers on the first playoff hole with four pars.
Penn at the Championships
Penn is the defending champion, and has won this event three times since it started in 1975 (also 1998 and 2007). Last year, the Quakers made up 16 strokes on Dartmouth on the final day to tie the Big Green, then won the title on the third playoff hole. It was the first playoff in Ivy League Championships history.
The Penn Lineup
Statistics are from the spring…click here for first-round tee times...
*Junior Max Marsico (73.0 stroke average, 10 rounds) – third Ivy Championships appearance
*Senior P.J. Fielding (74.4 average, 7 rounds) – third Ivy Championships appearance
*Senior Colin St. Maxens (75.4 average, 10 rounds) – fourth Ivy Championships appearance
*Sophomore Austin Powell (75.6 average, 10 rounds) – second Ivy Championships appearance
*Sophomore Ben Cooley (76.9 average, 10 rounds) – first Ivy Championships appearance
Fielding was a first-team All-Ivy selection last year, placing fourth at the Championships. St. Maxens was the 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-Region selection, and in 2011 he earned second-team All-Ivy with a 10th-place finish at the Championships. Marsico has been a GCAA All-Region selection each of the last two years. Penn will be without Scotty Williams, who graduated last year as the program’s first four-time first-team All-Ivy player.
Four players in Penn’s lineup have gone below 70 in a round this year. Marsico -- who holds the program record for low score, a 64 -- shot 67 in a round at two different tournaments; St. Maxens opened the Princeton Invitational with a 68; Fielding put together back-to-back 68-69 to win medalist honors at Rehoboth Beach in the fall; and Cooley has shot a pair of 69s.
He Knows Whereof He Speaks
If anyone understands what it takes to win the Ivy League Championships title, it's Penn's first-year head coach, Bob Heintz. Coach Heintz played collegiately at Yale, where he was the individual champion at this event three times (1990-92) and helped the Bulldogs to the team title in 1990 and 1991. Heintz' three medalist honors were unmatched until last year, when Dartmouth's Peter Williamson won it for the third time in his career as a senior.
Quoting Coach Heintz
“We are extremely excited to head south this week to defend our Ivy League title at Caves Valley. Caves Valley is a fabulous facility which has hosted a U.S. Senior Open among other prestigious events. With a great course and a nice forecast it should be a fun weekend. Coming off our victory at Navy, the team is primed for a run at the title. Personally I enjoy having the Ivy League trophy on my desk, so I would love to see the guys pull off another win!”