RALEIGH, N.C. - The Penn men's golf team had a dramatic improvement from Saturday and Sunday, and that allowed the Quakers to jump George Mason and finish 11th in the 12-team field at the Wolfpack Spring Open, hosted this weekend by North Carolina State.
Every player in the field for Penn improved their score from Saturday, and the Quakers' 298 as a team on Sunday was 17 strokes better than its Saturday 315. That was tied with Longwood for seventh among the field, ahead of Binghamton (301), Francis Marion (303), GMU (305), Louisiana-Monroe (307). Richmond won the team title, shooting 291-291--582 to best second-place Lamar by five strokes.
Individually, freshman Max Marsico was Penn's low scorer on Sunday and that put him in a tie for 27th overall at 79-73--152. P.J. Fielding and Dillon Hakes shot 74 and 75 on Sunday, respectively, and were among four golfers tied for 32nd at 153, one stroke behind Marsico. Junior Scotty Williams carded a 76 on Sunday and finished at 155 overall, tying for 42nd, while Colin St. Maxens also shot a 76 Sunday and finished at 157 to tie for 50th. Playing as an individual, Philip Winter carded an 82 and finished at 168 to place 67th overall.
Lamar's MJ Daffue was the individual champion, as he carded a 69 on Sunday to finish at 3-under par 139 which was five strokes ahead of teammate Xavier Feyaerts and Binghamton's Jake Katz.
Penn now readies for the Ivy League Championship, which will take place with rounds this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Galloway (N.J.) National Golf Club.