Anderson Plays As Well As He Teaches

PHILADELPHIA - As the teaching pro at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, Penn women's golf coach Mark Anderson continues to enjoy playing competitive golf in the Philadelphia area. Recently, Coach Anderson finished fifth at one of the top events on the PGA Philadelphia Section's summer calendar, the Conestoga Classic.

Played in late June on the par-70 Conestoga (Pa.) Country Club, Anderson shot a 1-under-par 69 that tied him with two other golfers for fifth place in the 85-player field. He had birdies on five of the first 10 holes and was 3-under after 14 holes before bogeys at Nos. 15 and 18 took him out of the title hunt.

A Certified PGA Professional in golf instruction and golf operations, Anderson enters his fourth year with the Penn women's golf program in 2011-12. His excellence as a teaching pro is evident -- the Quakers have quickly become one of the Ivy League's elite programs. In his second year, Penn stunned the Ivy League Championships field, winning the tournament by a whopping 22 strokes. Penn also won the ECAC Championships team title in October 2009, besting a 10-team field at that fall event. As further evidence of Anderson's outstanding leadership, Penn went 40-64-1 in head-to-head competition with its Division I opponents in 2008-09 -- Anderson's first year -- but improved that to a staggering 79-14 prior to the NCAA West Regional in 2009-10.

Penn enjoyed another historiccampaign this past year, going94-15-2 against outside competition. The Quakers also took three team titles -- Richmond's Spider Invitational in the fall, the OMNI Financial Intercollegiate during spring break, and Columbia's Roar-ee Invitational in April -- before finishing fourth at the Ivy League Championships. (To givea sense of how tightthat tournament was, the Quakers finished justnine strokes behind champion Yale.) Individually, then-sophomore Isabel Han had two medalist finishes during the year, and shot a school-record 69 at Yale. At the end of the year, then-freshmen Michelle Lee and Rui Li earned All-Ivy honors by finishing tied for fifth and eighth, respectively, at the Ivy Championships.

Penn enters the 2011-12 year with four All-Ivy golfers expected to in the lineup. In addition to Lee and Li from last year, Han and senior Tiffany Cheung were first-team All-Ivy recipients in 2010 when the Quakers won the team title.