Men's Golf to Compete in Yale's Macdonald Cup This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men's golf team will compete in its third tournament in as many weeks this Saturday and Sunday, competing in the Macdonald Cup at Yale University. The 54-hole event will take place on The Course at Yale, arguably the most prestigious collegiate course in the nation. The Course will play to a par-70 for this event and measure 6,749 yards.

The field for this weekend's tournament includes the Quakers and the host Bulldogs as well as fellow Ivies Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton. The non-Ivies in the field are Boston College, Connecticut, East Tennessee State, Fairfield, Hartford, Rutgers, Sacred Heart, St. Edwards, Stirling (Scotland) and Toledo. The teams are scheduled to play 36 holes on Saturday and a final 18 on Sunday.

Head Coach Bob Heintz -- a Yale graduate -- will bring his veteran players to New Haven this weekend. Seniors Matt Kern and Dane Walton, juniors Amay Poria and Carter Thompson, and sophomore Josh Goldenberg will comprise the Quakers' lineup.

"It’s that time of year when I have the privilege of bringing the Penn team to my old stomping grounds, The Course at Yale!" said Heintz. "This golf course is a special place for me because it served as my escape from the stress of school, my place to pursue my passion for improving as a golfer, and a place where I always felt welcomed and at home. I love sharing that history with this team as I help them navigate the rugged old golf course. This year we arrive with positive momentum having shown at Cornell and Dartmouth that we are capable of excellent scoring on any given day.  It’s exciting to know that under-par golf is not a stretch for our team, and we have guys from top to bottom who are capable of posting red numbers.  Given some decent weather, The Course at Yale can yield to good scoring.  

"We’re switching things up again this week, going with 'los viejos' as our team calls the senior class. Matt finished very well at Quechee last week on a difficult scoring day, and Dane will see his first action of the season. All five players have experience at Yale, which makes a difference due to several awkward blind tee shots and approach shots. The goal is to keep hammering away and be in contention to see if we can finish off a tournament strongly."