Men's Golf Adds Two Newcomers to 2011-12 Roster

PHILADELPHIA -The University of Pennsylvania's Director of Golf, Scott Allen, has announced the incoming student-athletes for the 2011-12 season. Two players, Ben Cooley and Austin Powell,will join the Penn men's golf roster this fall as freshmen.

"I'm really pleased with this class," said Allen, who will enter his fourth year with the golf programs in 2011-12. "We were able to sign one of the top local players and keep him home in Philly, and we also landed one of the highest-ranked recruits that was looking at Ivy League schools. I expect both Ben and Austin to come in and compete right away for starting spots on what I think will be a very deep team."

Penn finished third at the Ivy League Championships the last two years after a runner-up finish in 2009, Allen's first year with the program. The Quakers return a pair of All-Ivy players from last year, senior Scotty Williams and junior Colin St. Maxens. They open the 2011-12 season on Sept. 12-13,competingatthe University of Maryland Intercollegiate in Cambridge, Md.

BEN COOLEY
Rydal, Pa./Abington Senior
High School: Lettered four times in golf and once in ice hockey ... Three-year captain of the golf team ... Individual medalist at the 2009 Suburban One League Championships ... Three-time first-team all-conference ... Key Club member ... National Latin Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Kathy and Seth Cooley ... Older sister, Hannah, played lacrosse at St. Mary's College (Md.) ... Older brother, Ian, played for the club ice hockey team at the University of North Carolina ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Allen: "Ben is ranked number 148 in the class of 2011 byGolfweek.com. He has excelled locally, finishing as the runner-up in the 2010 Golf Association of Philadelphia Junior Championship and the 2010 Pennsylvania state championship. At the Philly Junior, Ben fell on the final hole of match play, and in the Pennsylvania Junior he shot 70-74 to finish in second all by himself. In addition to his local success, Ben has also shown that he can compete on a national stage with two top 10s in AJGA play.Most recently he placed ninth at the AJGA Columbus Open at Ohio State's Scarlett Course, shooting 71-77-72. Last year, he played in the final group at the AJGA CourseMax Philadelphia Runner Classic at White Manor Country Club and wound up 8th, shooting 73-74-78. I really like the smooth tempo in Ben's swing and I think he's going to fit in real well here at Penn."

AUSTIN POWELL
Jupiter, Fla./Cardinal Newman
High School: Lettered four years in golf ...Captain his junior and senior years ... Team won district title all four years, two regional titles, and was state champion (73-0 record) his senior year ... 2009 Florida State Junior Match Play champion ... Three-time Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) champion ... Five top-25 finishes in American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) events ... 2011 FCWT third-team All-America ... 2010 FCWT Academic All-America ... 2010 Palm Beach Post first-team ... 2011 Palm Beach Post All-Academic Team ... National Honor Society member ... Florida Bright Futures Scholar ... Honor roll student.
Personal: Son of Kim and Greg Powell ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Allen: "Austin is ranked 54th in the class of 2011 byGolfweek.com,and he has been playing his best golf of late. He placed seventh at the AJGA Florida Classic, shooting 70-66 to take the lead after two rounds but slipping a little with a 77 in the final round. In January, Austin finished 14th in a very strong field at the AJGA Puerto Rico Classic played at the Trump International Golf Club, shooting 72-76-75. He also finished 23rd at the prestigious Doral Publix Junior shooting 73-72-77 and won the FCWT Tampa Classic in 2010 with 74-70. Recently, he finished second at the AJGA Philadelphia Open at Huntington Valley. Austin is one of the highest-ranked players to commit to Penn in recent years. He has played against the top players in the country and held his own, and I expect him to be a force in the Ivy League during the next four years."