PHILADELPHIA - After four events that have followed the traditional stroke-play format, the University of Pennsylvania men's golf team gets to play a different format this weekend in its final event of the fall campaign. The Ivy League Match Play event will begin Saturday morning and continue through the weekend at the par-72, 7,098-yard TPC at Jasna Polana in Princeton, N.J.
Seven of the eight Ivies will be competing in the event, with only Columbia missing out. In the match-play format, two schools will go head-to-head in each round with five players per team, each player competing in a match-play format against his counterpart from the other school (Penn's No. 1 vs. opposing No. 1, Penn's No. 2 vs. opposing No. 2, etc.). The school that wins the most of the five matches will advance to the next round.
Quarterfinal matches are scheduled to take place on Saturday morning, with semifinals that afternoon and the final on Sunday. There will also be consolation matches on Saturday afternoon and Sunday, to guarantee each school three matches.
The quarterfinal pairings were done based on the teams' Golfstat rankings, and Penn is seeded fifth and will square off with Dartmouth -- coincidentally, the team that the Quakers beat in extra holes for the team title at last April's Ivy League Championships. Yale is the top seed and will face a composite team of individuals from several of the other schools; Princeton is the second seed and will face No. 7 Cornell; while third-seeded Harvard squares off with No. 6 Brown.
Penn's lineup will be headed by junior Max Marsico and will have senior captain P.J. Fielding in the No. 2 spot; sophomore Ben Cooley at No. 3; senior Colin St. Maxens at No. 4; and sophomore Austin Powell playing in the No. 5 spot. In Columbia's absence, several teams will be bringing an individual to compete, and Penn is no exception as freshman Patrick O'Leary will step in.
"We are looking to rebound from a lackluster performance at the Big 5 Invitational last week, and the Ivy League Match Play event is our last chance to do so as it marks the end of our fall season," said head coach Bob Heintz. "We are very excited about this format, which will pit us in head-to-head matches against our Ivy foes. Our first match on Saturday will be against Dartmouth. A win there would put us in a semifinal match Saturday afternoon, with eyes on the finals on Sunday. Having watched the USA team narrowly lose the Ryder Cup, our team is fired up to try their hands at match play and make a run at this title."
Saturday Morning Quarterfinals
(1) Yale vs. (8) Composite Team, 8 a.m., hole 1
(4) Dartmouth vs. (5) Penn, 8 a.m., hole 10
(2) Princeton vs. (7) Cornell, 8:45 a.m., hole 1
(3) Harvard vs. (6) Brown, 8:45 a.m., hole 10
Semifinal 1: Winner 1 vs. Winner 2, 12:45 p.m., hole 1
Semifinal 2: Winner 3 vs. Winner 4, 12:45 p.m., hole 10
Consolation 1: Loser 1 vs. Loser 2, 1:30 p.m., hole 1
Consolation 2: Loser 3 vs. Loser 4, 1:30 p.m., hole 10
Seventh Place: Loser 7 vs. Loser 8, 8 a.m., hole 10
Fifth Place: Winner 7 vs. Winner 8, 8 a.m., hole 1
Third Place: Loser 5 vs. Loser 6, 8:45 p.m., hole 10
Final: Winner 5 vs. Winner 6, 8:45 a.m., hole 1