PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s golf team had a solid performance in its first event of the spring season, and the Quakers hope to keep that momentum going through this weekend as they participate in the Whiting-Turner Towson Invitational.
The 36-hole tournament (18 Saturday, 18 Sunday) will take place at Prospect Bay Country Club in Grasonville, Md. Prospect Bay plays at par-71 and measures 6,530 yards. Play is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Penn is the only Ivy League team in the field; the Quakers are joined by the host Tigers as well as Arkansas, Colgate, Fairfield, Fairleigh Dickinson, Hofstra, IUP, IUPUI, Long Island, Navy, Robert Morris, Rutgers, Sacred Heart, Seton Hall, Siena, St. Bonaventure, Saint Peters, UMass-Lowell, UMES, Washington & Lee, William & Mary
Penn’s lineup will once again be anchored by senior Austin Powell , who won medalist honors at Mission Inn two weeks ago. He is joined by classmates Ben Cooley and Tomas Agrest, as well as sophomore Dane Walton -- making his spring debut -- and freshman Amay Poria.
“Prospect Bay Country Club is a fairly narrow, tree-lined course, so I’m expecting it to be similar to the El Campeon Course at Mission Inn where the team last competed,” said Penn’s head coach, Bob Heintz. “This is our first appearance in this event, so we are looking forward to learning a new course and spending some time in Maryland this weekend. The weather will probably be a big part of the story with high temperatures on Saturday only reaching into the high 30s. The toughest teams, the ones who complain the least and stay patient on Saturday, will end up near the top of the leader board. Then, with better weather predicted for Sunday, I hope to see some good scoring and a race to the finish.
“Like most teams in the Northeast, we have been frustrated since returning from spring break -- the weather has not afforded us many chances to practice outside, so the guys are getting restless and itching to be out playing live golf. Once again, our Posnick Family Indoor Golf Center has proven invaluable, as our men’s and women’s golfers have been able to stay sharp while waiting for spring temperatures to arrive.
“As happens sometimes in the spring, conditions will dictate the players’ ability to make a score. I’m sure the staff at Prospect Bay will do their best to have the course in good shape, but the guys will need to be mentally tough and patient, ready to deal with any less-than-ideal conditions. This is a tournament where I believe we can contend for a victory, so while we are building confidence heading toward the Ivy Championships in late April, I’m trying to get the team in a winning mindset. With teams like Arkansas, Navy, Seton Hall, and William & Mary in the field, we will need to play very well to come out on top.”