HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. - The University of Pennsylvania men's golf team struggled on the difficult par-70 Philmont Country Club course all weekend, and finished 16th out of 19 teams at the Big 5 Classic. In the process, the Quakers lost the Big 5 trophy to Temple.
Penn shot 323 as a team on Saturday, then followed up with a 317 on Sunday to finish at 640 for the tournament. Hartford won the team title, shooting 291 on Sunday to overcome Sacred Heart -- the Hawks finished the tournament at 609, with the Pioneers one shot back. Binghamton was third, at 612, while Yale was low team among the seven Ivies in the field at 614.
Temple took sixth place overall, but had the low score among the city schools and thus garnered the Big 5 trophy. The Owls shot 310-306--616 to defeat Villanova by a stroke. Temple also gained the individual title, as Brandon Matthews carded 76-69--145 to best the other 97 players who completed the tournament.
For Penn, freshman P.J. Collier was the low scorer -- he shot 78-79--157 and tied for 35th overall. Ben Cooley tied for 62nd, shooting 81-82--163. Senior captain P.J. Fielding carded a 78 on Sunday, but coupled with his 86 on Saturday he finished at 164 to tie for 67th. Sophomore Austin Powell also shot a 78 on Sunday to tie Fielding as the low Quaker, but his first-round 91 left him at 169 for the tournament and tied him for 87th. Junior Max Marsico tied Collier for Penn's low score on Saturday, a 78, but withdrew and did not play on Sunday.
The Quakers are back in action one final time this fall, participating in the Ivy League Match Play this Saturday and Sunday in Princeton, N.J.