PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's golf team enjoyed a predominantly successful 2010-11 campaign; however, the ultimate goal was not achieved when the Quakers placed third at the Ivy League Championships in late April.
Penn was certainly in position to punctuate a superb spring, entering the final round of Ivies with a one-stroke lead. However, Yale was able to build up an early lead, and that seemed to rattle the Penn players. They limped to the finish, and in the end were nipped by Columbia for second place while the Bulldogs cruised to the title.
Individually, Scotty Williams was unable to defend his individual Ivy title from 2010, tying for fourth overall. That still earned his first-team All-Ivy for the second year in a row. Sophomore Colin St. Maxens received second-team All-Ivy honors as he tied for 10th at the Championships.
Despite the disappointment of the Ivy Championships, the 2010-11 season was one the team can look back on with pride. Penn won a pair of events in the spring, taking first in a nine-team field at the George Washington Invitational and following that up with a win in the 14-team Quaker Invitational that Penn hosted at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. The Red and Blue took second in three other events -- the 13-team Rehoboth Beach Fall Invitational, the OMNI Financial Intercollegiate during spring break, and the 12-team Princeton Invitational.
How about some of the rounds the team put up? There was a 276 (8 under par) and a 286 at the Princeton Invitational; a 284 (4 under par) at the GW Invitational; and a 282 (2 under par) at the Maryland Intercollegiate.
Individually, Penn had several players stand out. Williams missed the fall because he was studying abroad, but came back in the spring and finished with a 75.4 stroke average. That included a 67 at the GW Invitational, where he finished sixth overall. St. Maxens was just behind him in stroke average, at 75.5 -- playing a team-high 26 tournament rounds -- and he fired a 69 in the final round at the Big 5 Invitational.
Freshman Max Marsico was simply overwhelming at times. He was Penn's low scorer in six of the team's 11 events, setting the tone for his year with four straight under-par rounds in the fall at the Maryland Intercollegiate and Rehoboth Beach Fall Invitational. In the spring he carded what is believe to be a school-record 64 at the Princeton Invitational, and at the end of the year he was far and away Penn's low scorer with a 73.9 stroke average.
P.J. Fielding was actually second in stroke average, at 75.3, and was Penn's low scorer or No. 2 in four events in the spring. Dillon Hakes was another regular in the lineup throughout the year, and the junior ended the year with a 76.3 stroke average.
This year's captain was Kevin Huntington, who played 18 tournament rounds and finished with a 77.2 stroke average. He was the Quakers' No. 2 scorer three times in the fall, and that is when he fired his low rounds for the year (a 72 at the Navy Fall Classic, a 71 at the Maryland Intercollegiate).