PINE HILL, N.J. - The Penn men's golf team continued its solid play for the spring season on Monday at its own Quaker Invitational, as the Quakers finished second in a 15-team field but had an individual player earned medalist honors for the second time in as many tournaments.
Freshman Austin Powell took first place in the 85-player field at the par-71 Trump National Philadelphia, shooting 76-71--147 over the two rounds to defeat IUPUI's Michael Powell (no relation) by four strokes.
Playing in blustery conditions, Penn was the first-round leader by seven strokes, and improved on its 308 morning score by two strokes in the afternoon. It was not enough, though, as IUPUI charged back with the only sub-300 round of the tournament, a 298, to defeat the Quakers by a stroke, 613 to 614. Princeton and Iona were a distant third, at 634.
Despite the narrow team loss, Head Coach Scott Allen had to be pleased by what he saw on the course Monday. Penn put nine players in the field, and eight of them finished tied for 29th or better. With the Ivy League Championships coming up, it appears the Quakers have a load of talented players that Allen can choose from.
Sophomore Max Marsico -- who was individual medalist at the George Washington Invitational two weeks ago -- and senior Scotty Williams were the Quakers' other top-10 finishers on Monday. Marsico shot 76-78--154, while Williams carded 75-79--154 as they were two of three golfers to tie for seventh place overall.
Penn also played four men as individuals, and their play served notice that the lineup could see a shakeup over the next few weeks. In particular, freshman Tomas Agrest tied for 11th overall as he shot 82-75-157. Agrest's second-round 75 tied for the second-best round by a Penn player in the event.
Geoff Locher shot 76-84--160 and tied for 22nd along with St. Maxens, while Marco Fortades carded 84-77--161 and tied for 29th along with Fielding. Freshman Ben Cooley was Penn's ninth player in the field; he shot 88-90--188 and finished in 72nd place.
Penn is off this weekend, but returns to action April 14-15 at the Princeton Invitational. Following that, the Quakers will be at the Navy Spring Classic, and then from April 27-29 the Red and Blue will be competing in the Ivy League Championships in Galloway, N.J.