GALLOWAY, N.J. - Prior to the Ivy League Championships, Penn men's golf coach Scott Allen talked about the Galloway National Golf Club course as penal, and predicted the possibility of unusually high scores.
He certainly proved prophetic on Friday, at least. As an example, look at the Quakers. On paper, a round that had three players shoot 80 or worse, and ended with them at 24-over par, would have to be seen as a disappointment.
Quite the contrary. Penn finished the first day of the Ivy League Championships in second place, just two strokes behind leader Yale. The Quakers carded 308 as a team on the tough, par-71 course.
Princeton is in third place, two strokes behind Penn, while Dartmouth is fourth with 314. Brown (318) and defending champion Columbia (319) are also under 320, followed by seventh-place Harvard (324) and eighth-place Cornell (330).
Williams -- last year's individual medalist at this event -- birdied the first hole on Friday, and was 1-under after 11 holes. The junior faltered a bit after that, with four bogeys, but finished with a 3-over-par 74 that has him tied for third in the 40-player field with Marsico and three other golfers.
Marsico also shot a 74 on Friday. In his first Ivy Championships round, the freshman was 4-over par afer just six holes, but steadied himself with birdies on No. 7 and No. 11. He was up and down the final six holes, with two birdies and three bogeys, but ended the day with a birdie to get his 74.
Hakes went 3-over par out of the gate, with a bogey at No. 1 and a double at No. 2. He was 6-over after 10 holes, but got one back with a birdie on No. 11. However, the junior had bogeys on 16, 17 and 18 which put him at 9-over par for the round.
St. Maxens had a double on No. 2, then hit bogeys on three of four holes before reaching the turn. A birdie by the sophomore on No. 11 was overshadowed by two double bogeys on the back nine.
P.J. Fielding struggled early, going to 5-over par after just four holes and 7-over at the turn. Despite a birdie on No. 14, he finished the day at 11-over-par 82 which has him tied for 21st place overall.
Dartmouth's Peter Williamson is the individual leader after Friday's action; he shot a 2-under-par 69 and is three shots ahead of Princeton's Eric Salazar (72).
The teams are scheduled to play the second round tomorrow beginning at 11:30 a.m., with the final round taking place Sunday morning beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Penn's Saturday tee times are as follows: Fielding will tee off at 1:45 p.m.; Hakes will tee off at 1:54 p.m.; St. Maxens will tee off at 2:03 p.m.; Marsico will tee off at 2:12 p.m.; and Williams will tee off at 2:21 p.m.