PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania was ranked No. 5 in the country in men’s golf and No. 6 in women’s golf in Golf Digest’s annual College Golf Guide ranking of the top academic schools for golfers. The rankingsare based on a formula including team scoring average, player growth, academics, climate and coaches/facilities. Penn received a 95 out of 100 for academics, which accounted for 58% of the overall score.
Penn also scored highly in the coaches/facilities category, as its score on the men’s side was among the top 20 percent in the country, and on the women’s side it was among the top 30 percent. The Quakers practice and play any home events at The Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, Pa.
The women’s team is coached by Francis Vaughn, who also serves as the Director of Golf at Penn. Vaughn enters his 11th year with the Quakers; he led both the men’s and women’s programs from 1996-2002, coaching the men to their only Ivy League championship in 1998. Last year, the women finished fourth at the Ivy League Championships and had a pair of women earn All-Ivy, now-graduated Kim Thompson and junior Meg Bender.
The men’s team is coached by Rob Powelson, who is entering his third season with the Quakers. Last year, the Penn men won a pair of events -- the Macdonald Cup at Yale, and the George Washington Invitational -- and finished fourth at the Ivy League Championships. They will be led in 2006-07 by senior Sean Barrett, a two-time All-Ivy finisher and a 2005 U.S. Amateur qualifier.
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