GALLOWAY, N.J. - The Penn men's golf team is one stroke up on Yale after Saturday's second round at the Ivy League Championships, being contested at Galloway National Golf Club. The Quakers shot a 27-over-par 311 on Saturday, which was four shots behind Columbia and one behind Harvard. However, it was three better than the second-place Bulldogs.
Penn is at 619 heading into Sunday's final round, while Yale is at 620. Columbia and Princeton are tied for third, at 626, while Dartmouth is fifth at 629. Tee times are slated to begin at 7:30 a.m.; Penn players will be paired with Yale players in the final five tee times.
Scotty Williams was easily Penn's low scorer for the day, and made up four strokes on Dartmouth's Peter Williamson at the top of the leaderboard. The Penn junior had a pair of bogeys on the front nine, and another on No. 10, but traded two birdies (No. 12, No. 16) with two bogeys (No. 15, No. 18) and ended the day at 3-over-par 74.
That sets the stage for an interesting individual race tomorrow. Williams, of course, was last year's individual champion. Williamson, the Dartmouth junior, was the Championships medalist in 2009. The Big Green player is at 147 through Saturday, while Williams is at 148. Columbia's Brendan Doyle is third, at 149, with the rest of the 40-player field at least three strokes back.
Colin St. Maxens, the 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, shot a 6-over-par 77 on Saturday. The sophomore had a rough four-hole stretch on the front nine, going 5-over par during the run, but got a birdie at No. 11 and was 4-over par after 16. Bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18 put a slight damper on the round, but he is alone in 13th place at 157 heading into Sunday.
Max Marsico struggled out of the gate on Saturday, and it seemed to set the tone for the freshman. He was 7-over par after just five holes, and while he went even par over the next five holes the last eight proved to be a further undoing as he played it in 7-over par. That gave him an 85 for the round. Marsico is still tied for 17th overall.
P.J. Fielding had bogeys on three straight holes from Nos. 2-4, then had a double bogey at No. 5. However, he had birdie at No. 6 and another at No. 9, and that seemed to settle him down as he ended the day at 7-over-par 78 which was third among Penn players on Saturday. Fielding is tied for 20th overall heading into Sunday.
Dillon Hakes struggled out of the gate on Saturday, with three bogeys, a double bogey, and a triple bogey after just six holes; by the turn, he was 10-over par. Hakes was far better on the back nine, however, mixing birdies at No. 11 and No. 14 with a trio of bogeys to finish the day at 11-over-par 82, which scored for the Quakers. Hakes is tied for 27th heading into Sunday.
On Sunday, Penn's tee times are as follows: Hakes will tee off at 9:45 a.m.; Fielding will go off at 9:54; Marsico will tee off at 10:03; St. Maxens will tee off at 10:12; and Williams will play in the final pairing of the day at 10:21 a.m.