PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men's golf team is ready to tee it up for the 2016-17 fall season, as the Quakers head to Ithaca, N.Y. this weekend for the Cornell Invitational.
The 54-hole event will include two rounds on Saturday and a final 18 holes on Sunday. The teams will have shotgun start on Saturday, and set tee times for Sunday's final round. The Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University plays to 6,904 yards and par 71 from the Big Red tees. It has a rating of 73.1 and slope of 137.
A total of 14 teams will compete at Cornell this weekend including two teams from the host Big Red as well as fellow Ivy programs Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth and Yale. The field also includes Binghamton, Bucknell, Canisius, Colgate, St. Bonaventure, Siena and Temple.
Penn's lineup will be anchored at the top by juniors Amay Poria and Carter Thompson. They will be joined by sophomores Josh Goldenberg and KJ Smith, as well as freshman Sergio Roman. Another freshman, Daniel Furman, will play the event as an individual.
"We head to Cornell after a very competitive two-week qualifying process, during which we saw some of the lowest qualifying scores since I began at Penn four years ago," said Head Coach Bob Heintz, the 2014-15 Ivy League Coach of the Year. "Amay and Carter had a nail-biting duel for the top spot, but Amay edged Carter out at the last hole to earn our No. 1 slot this weekend. Both players finished under par for the four-round cumulative score and were chased closely by Josh.
"Our team is excited to bring that competitiveness to Ithaca and challenge the field at Cornell's excellent golf course," he continued. "Most of our guys had productive summers on the golf course, so I'm encouraged by their commitment as well as the scoring they posted in qualifying. It feels like a long time has passed since April's Ivy Championship, and we're all very eager to get back to competition. This should be a perfect way to kick off the fall season."