BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Penn men's golf team finished in 13th place at the NCAA South Central Regional, which concluded Saturday at The Club at Olde Stone. The regional was hosted by Western Kentucky.
The Quakers shot 309 on Saturday to finish the tournament at 926 (62 over par). That was plenty good for them to hold their pre-tournament seed over Alabama State, which finished at 970.
Chattanooga won the team title, shooting 284 on Saturday and finishing the tournament at 859 (-5). That was just one stroke better than Texas A&M, which carded 287 on Saturday, and four strokes ahead of UCLA (292). Virginia Tech was fourth, at 874, while Memphis was fifth at 876. Those five teams will move on to the NCAA Championships, which will take place May 29-June 3 at Riviera Country Club in California. They will be joined by Iowa State's Nate McCoy, the top finisher among players who were not on the qualifying teams with his 4-under-par 212.
Individually, sophomore Max Marsico once again led the way for Penn; his 75 on Saturday put his at 225 for the tournament which allowed him to tie for 39th in the 75-player field. P.J. Fielding shot a 78 on Saturday and ended up tied for 57th at 233, while Austin Powell carded an 81 on the day and finished the event tied for 64th at 235.
Chattanooga's Stephan Jaeger made it a clean sweep for his school, as he shot a 6-under-par 66 on Saturday to finish the tournament at 13-under-par 203. That was four shots ahead of UCLA's Pedro Figueiredo, and eight shots ahead of four other golfers who tied for third place.
Penn's individual rounds on Saturday
Colin St. Maxens (78) was first off the No. 10 tee on Saturday. He parred his first three holes, but struggled with bogeys on five of the next six to put him +5 at the turn. A pair of pars gave way to three more bogeys in a row on his 12th through 14th holes, but he got two of those shots back with back-to-back birdies on his 15th and 16th holes. St. Maxens then parred his final two holes to end up +6.
Scotty Williams (78) has a solid front nine on Saturday, with eight pars and a bogey on No. 13. He struggled at the turn, however, with a triple bogey on his 10th hole. He immediately birdied his 11th, but gave it back with another bogey on his 12th. Bogeys at his 15th and 18th holes closed out the round and put him at +6 for the day.
P.J. Fielding (78) struggled out of the gate, with bogeys on his second and third holes and then a double bogey on his fourth. The junior settled down from there, however, with five straight pars and then birdies on his 10th and 11th holes. At that point he was just +2 for the day. However, he bogeyed his 12th hole, and that led to bogeys on three of the next five holes which ended him at +6.
Austin Powell (81) had a bogey on his first hole, then a double on the third hole. His biggest trouble came at the turn, where he had bogeys on four straight holes (his eighth through 11th). Powell also had bogeys on his 14th and 16th holes which put him at +9 for the day. The freshman was unable to produce a birdie on the day.
Max Marsico (75) had a great start, with a birdie on his first hole. He gave it back with a bogey at his fifth, but was even after nine holes on the day. However, he bogeyed his 10th, then his 12th, then his 14th (getting one of them back with a birdie on his 15th. The sophomore then had a bogey on his closing hole and ended the day +3.