AIKEN, S.C. - The University of Pennsylvania men's golf team is tied for ninth place out of 18 teams after the first round of the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate, a 54-hole tournament being hosted by the University of South Carolina-Aiken at the par-70, 6,617-yard Palmetto Golf Club.
The final round is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.
Penn shot a first-round 297 and was 13th after Monday morning, but improved by three strokes in the afternoon and moved into a ninth-place tie with Elon at 591 overall. That is two strokes ahead of 11th-place Akron and three shots ahead of Furman.
Sophomore Austin Powell is Penn's low scorer after Monday's action; he carded 74-71--145 and is tied for 17th in the 90-player field. Max Marsico also shot a 71 in the second round and ended the day at 147; he is tied for 30th with, among others, senior captain P.J. Fielding (72-75). Senior Colin St. Maxens carded 75-77--152 and is tied for 60th, while sophomore Ben Cooley (81-79--160) is tied for 85th.
South Carolina is in first place heading into Tuesday's final round; the Gamecocks shot 287-283--570 and are one stroke ahead of second-place N.C. State. Augusta State and Virginia are tied for third at 574.
Individually, Virginia's Mac McLaughlin carded 71-64--135 and is one stroke in front of USC-Aiken's Matt Atkins. McLaughlin's 64 was Monday's low score. South Carolina's Matthew NeSmith is third (68-69--137).