PHILADELPHIA – The Ivy League has announced its 2014-15 award winners for men’s golf, and for the first time the University of Pennsylvania was honored with the Ivy League Coach of the Year and the Ivy League Player of the Year.
In his third year overseeing the Penn program, Bob Heintz was voted by his peers as the inaugural Ivy League Coach of the Year after leading the Quakers to a stunning, one-stroke victory at the Ivy League Championships last weekend in Bethlehem, Pa. Penn was down by five strokes heading into the final day of the 54-hole event, but made them up and played solid team golf on the back nine to defeat Princeton by a single stroke. It marked the first time in Ivy League Championships history that a team won the title after finishing in last place the year before.
Senior Austin Powell, meanwhile, is the first Penn player to be named Ivy League Player of the Year; the award has been given out every year since 2009. Powell has a 73.4 stroke average over 22 tournament rounds this year, and won medalist honors at two tournaments -- Dartmouth’s Quechee Club Invitational in the fall, George Mason’s Mission Inn Spectacular in the spring -- while posting six top-five finishes in 10 events. At last weekend’s Ivy League Championships, Powell shot 72-74-67--213 (-3) to finish second individually while leading the Quakers to their fourth Ivy title. Powell is the first player in program history to be in the lineup for two Ivy League Championships winners, as he played the 2012 Championships as a freshman.
Penn’s season will continue at the NCAA Regional level from May 14-16; the Quakers will find out their destination on Monday, May 4 during the Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” show. This year’s regionals are being held in Bremerton, Wash.; New Haven, Conn.; San Diego, Calif.; Lubbock, Texas; Noblesville, Ind.; and Chapel Hill, N.C.