PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania men’s golf head coach Scott Allen has announced his incoming class for the 2009 season. The program’s Class of 2013 will feature three recruited student-athletes -- two of whom graduated high school in June, and another who spent last year at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He will have four years of playing eligibility at Penn.
“I am very excited about my first recruiting class at Penn,” said Allen, who enters his second year with the Quakers. “I believe that our three newcomers are all going to fit in nicely with the squad both on and off the course. I expect all of them to challenge for starting spots quickly in the fall.”
These three incoming players will join a squad that returns five letterwinners from the 2008-09 season, led by first-team All-Ivy honoree Scotty Williams. Penn finished second at the 2009 Ivy League Championships, just a stroke behind champion Columbia.
Penn will be further bolstered by the return of Chance Pipitone, who was Ivy League runner-up for the Quakers as a freshman in 2007. He has returned to the University after transferring to Duke following the 2007 fall semester.
PREVIEWING THE PENN MEN’S GOLF CLASS OF 2013...
Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Four-year letterwinner, team captain as a senior ... Team won three Olympic League titles ... CIF Southern Section champions his sophomore year, and sectional runner-up his freshman year ... League MVP as a junior ... Three-time first-team all-league ... League runner-up as a sophomore ... Head of Student Life as a senior ... Dean’s List as a junior and senior ... Graduated with honors in history.
Personal: Son of Karin and Jonathan Felding ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
COLIN ST. MAXENS
High School: Four-year letterwinner, captain as a senior ... Won medalist honors as a senior at 2008 Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships, individual runner-up as a junior in 2007 ... 2009 All-Met honoree ... Selected to Maryland state team for 2009 Mid-Atlantic Invitational, Middle Atlantic Golf Association team for 2008 Mason-Dixon Match, and Washington Metro team for 2008 Williamson Cup ... Went 2-0 in match play at Mason-Dixon Match ... Finished 13th and helped team place second at Williamson Cup ... Finished second among amateurs and third overall at Maryland Amateur-Open qualifying ... Took second overall at 2008 Middle Atlantic Junior Championship and 2008 Maryland Junior Amateur Championship.
Personal: Son of Susan and Tom St. Maxens ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Darien (SMU transfer)
2008-09 (at SMU): Did not play competitive golf for the Mustangs ... Honor Roll with High Distinction ... Academic Excellence certificate ... Emerging Leaders Class of 2008.
High School: Four-year letterwinner, captain for three years ... Also lettered in squash and was captain of Darien’s first varsity team ... Took medalist honors at 2007 FCIAC Championships ... Tied for second individually at 2007 state championships ... Three-time all-state ... Two-time FCIAC ... Two-time All-FCIAC East ... Set school records for season scoring average and nine-hole score ... Spanish Honor Society member ... James R. Girard Scholarship ... CIAC Award of Excellence ... Golf League Coaches Award for Character ... President of Shoveling for Seniors ... Vice-President of Safe Rides.
Personal: Son of Teresa and Clark Winter ... Brother, Clark, played lacrosse at Hamilton College and was team captain in 2007 ... Holds dual U.S./Spain citizenship ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.