PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's golf team faces its final tune-up before the Ivy League Championships this weekend, as the Quakers head out of the region to participate in the Wolfpack Spring Open. The event, hosted by North Carolina State University, will be played at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course, a par-71 course that plays at 7,358 yards from the tips.
The tournament is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. The 12-team field will play 18 holes both days.
Penn has been playing very well of late, winning the George Washington Invitational and Quaker Invitational, and finishing second at last weekend's Princeton Invitational. The Quakers hope for more of the same as they head out into relatively uncharted waters this weekend. Penn's lineup is the same as it was last weekend at Princeton, with P.J. Fielding, Max Marsico, Dillon Hakes, Colin St. Maxens and Scotty Williams. Two players, Kevin Huntington and Philip Winter, will participate in the tournament as individuals as they try to crack the lineup for next weekend.
"There are a couple of good reasons to play in this event," said Head Coach Scott Allen. "It is good for us to get out of our comfort zone and see some new competition. This will be some top-level competition we will play against, exactly the kind of teams we would play against if we were able to win Ivies and make the NCAA regionals.
"In addition, the Lonnie Poole Golf Course sets up similarly to Galloway, which will host the Ivy League Championships," he continued. "It's a long course and you have to be careful with your shot-making. I thought this would give our guys a good test and a good sense of how to play this type of course heading into the Ivy Championships."