PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - The Penn men's golf team tied for ninth overall and was unable to defend its crown among the Big 5 schools at the Big 5 Invitational, which took place this weekend at the par-70 Plymouth Country Club.
The Quakers shot 301 on Saturday and were 10 strokes behind Villanova in the quest for the city's bragging rights. Penn got eight of those shots back on Sunday, but it was not enough as the Wildcats' two-round 591 was two ahead of the Red and Blue's 301-292--593 (which tied them with the University of Rhode Island).
Furman took the overall team title in the 21-team field, carding 283-291--574 to best St. John's (292-290--582) by eight strokes. Among the Ivy League teams in the tournament, Princeton was third overall (583), Yale tied for fifth (587), Dartmouth and Harvard tied for 12th (597), Brown was 16th (616), and Cornell was 18th (618).
Colin St. Maxens led the way as Penn's low scorer on both days. He shot a 73 on Saturday and followed that up with a 1-under-par 69 on Sunday to finish at 142, tied for fifth overall. P.J. Fielding tied for 49th overall (76-75--151), followed by freshman Max Marsico who tied for 61st (75-78--153). Dillon Hakes made up for a tough first-round 85 by coming back with an even-par 70 on Sunday, giving him a 155 and putting him in a tie for 71st. The other member of Penn's lineup, Kevin Huntington, shot 77-80--157 and tied for 80th. In addition, Philip Winter played in the tournament as an individual and shot 85-77-162 to tie for 100th.
Furman's Matthew Broome took medalist honors with the low score among the 111 players who participated in the event. He carded a 66 and 67 to finish at 7-under-par 133, well ahead of Kentucky's Joseph Barr who finished at even-par 140.
Penn will close out the fall portion of its season next weekend, playing in the Northeast Invitational in Shelter Harbor, R.I.