AIKEN, S.C. - Facing an extremely strong field, the University of Pennsylvania men's golf team opened the spring portion of its season with an 18th-place finish at the Cleveland Palmetto Invitational. The 54-hole tournament was conducted Monday and Tuesday at the par-70 Palmetto Golf Club.
Penn shot 320-316-319--955 as a team. Clemson won the event, shooting 854 for the tournament which was two strokes ahead of second-place Virginia.
Ben Cooley was Penn's low scorer at the event; he carded 79-78-78--235 to tie for 76th place overall. Dane Walton was 83rd (81-75-84--240), while Patrick O'Leary was tied for 84th (78-83-80--241). Austin Powell shot 82-80-83--245 and tied for 87th, and Matt Kern placed 89th overall (87-83-78--248).
Clemson's Austin Langdale was the individual medalist; he carded even-par 69-69-72--210 for the tournament. That was enough to beat Virginia's Derek Bard by a stroke.
Penn returns to action March 23-24 at the 36-hole La Salle Spring Invitaitonal, which will take place at Huntingdon Valley CC.