BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Penn men's golf team remains in 13th place at the NCAA South Central Regional being hosted by Western Kentucky on the par-72 The Club at Olde Stone.
As a team, Penn shaved nine strokes from Thurday's first round to Friday's second round. The Quakers' 304 as a team Friday left them at 617 for the tournament so far, keeping them in 13th place ahead of Alabama State (641). Penn is within range of 12th-place Jacksonville State, the only other team in the field above 600 for the two rounds at 613.
UCLA remains the team leader, the Bruins shot 287 and is at 5-under-par 571 for the tournament so far. Texas A&M had Friday's low round, a 278, and is just two shots behind the Bruins overall, while Chattanooga (281 on Friday) is third at 1-under-par 575.
Individually, Max Marsico was once again Penn's low scorer. The sophomore carded a 2-over-par 74 on Friday and is now at 150 through two rounds, which has him tied for 34th in the 75-player field. Freshman Austin Powell was one shot behind Marsico on Friday, carding a 75, and he is tied for 51st overall at 154 through two rounds. Junior P.J. Fielding, who shot a 76 on Friday, is one shot behind Powell and tied for 57th overall at 155.
Senior captain Scotty Williams scored for Penn on Friday with his 79; he is tied for 67th overall at 159. Junior Colin St. Maxens shot an 81 and had his score dropped; he is tied for 71st overall with a two-round score of 160.
Chattanooga's Stephan Jaeger shot 67 on Friday to move to 7-under-par 137 for the tournament so far; he is tied atop the leaderboard with UCLA's Pedro Figueiredo, who shot his second straight sub-70 round on Friday. Virginia Tech's Scott Vincent is two strokes off the pace after shooting a 69 on Friday, while Chattanooga's Steven Fox made a huge leap up the board with the day's low round, a 64.
Penn will be among the last teams off the tee for Saturday's final round, playing with Alabama State and the five individuals in the field for the third straight day. St. Maxens will get things started for the Quakers at 9:10 a.m. (10:10 Eastern), followed by Williams at 9:20, Fielding at 9:30, Powell at 9:40, and Marsico at 9:50. All five players will be starting on the No. 10 tee for the second straight day.
Penn's Individual Rounds on Friday
Scotty Williams was Penn's first player out on Friday, and he had an adventurous front nine before settling down on the back nine. The senior captain had bogeys on his second and fourth holes, sandwiching them around a triple bogey which put him at +5 after just four holes. He got one of those strokes back with a birdie on his fifth hole, but another double bogey on his sixth put him at +6. Two holes later he took another double, and was +8 after eight holes. It was at that point that Williams settled down, however; he birdied his ninth hole, parred five in a row, and then responded to a bogey on his 15th hole with another birdie on his 17th. He ended the day at +7.
Austin Powell had a good start to his day, with birdies on his first and third holes. He gave those back with bogeys on his sixth and eighth holes, and then traded a bogey with a birdie to put him at even par after 11 holes. Unfortunately, the freshman double-bogeyed his 12th hole, then added bogeys on his 14th and 16th holes. Powell birdied his 17th hole, but another bogey on his 18th left him at +4 for the day.
In contrast to Powell's quick start, Colin St. Maxens had a double bogey on his first hole and a bogey on his third before a birdie on his fourth. However, he limped into the turn with a double bogey and two bogeys. The junior had par on four of his next five holes, then birdied his 15th hole. However, that was followed by a double bogey at his 16th hole and another bogey at his 17th. St. Maxens ended the day at +9.
P.J. Fielding was +2 after two holes, with bogeys on each, but he birdied his third and fifth holes to get back to even par. However, bogeys on consecutive holes put him back at +2 when he reached the turn. Fielding's final 10 holes were relatively uneventful score-wise, as he parred all but his 12th (bogey) and 16th (bogey). The junior finished the day at +4 for his round.
Sophomore Max Marsico was Penn's final player on the course, Friday, and after an up-and-down start he settled down and put together the best round of the tournament by a Quaker player. Marsico had birdies on his second and fourth holes, but countered with bogeys on his third and fifth holes. He remained even par for six holes after that, before consecutive bogeys on his 12th and 13th holes put him at +2. That is where he ended the day.