Men's Golf Begins Ivy Championships Prep at Yale

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s golf team has begun to ramp up its preparations for the Ivy League Championships at the end of April. The first test toward that event takes place this Saturday, as the Quakers participate in the Yale Spring Invitational. The 36-hole course will be played on The Course at Yale, one of the most famous collegiate courses around.

Every other Ivy League team, with theexception ofHarvard, will join Penn in the 13-team field. Colgate, Franklin & Marshall, Hartford, Lamar, Temple and Villanova will alsoplay in the tournament.

The Penn lineup will feature seniors P.J. Fielding and Colin St. Maxens, junior Max Marsico, and sophomores Ben Cooley and Austin Powell.

For first-year head coach Bob Heintz, a three-time Ivy League champion as a Yale undergraduate, this trip represents more than another tournament.

“I am always excited to return to the Course at Yale,” he said. “It was my home away from home during my years as a student there, and I continue to have friendships with the staff at the club. Bringing my Penn team to New Haven will be even more special because I want my players to see and experience one of the most interesting golf course designs in our country -- Seth Raynor and Charles Blair Macdonald were renowned architects, and Yale is a classic example of their favorite design features, including massively deep bunkers, large sectioned greens, blind shots, and a redan par three. The course is a great test of patience and toughness, which are two qualities our Penn team will need when we compete for and defend our Ivy League Championship at the end of the month.

“I'm very pleased with the team’s effort level this spring in preparation for an intense April season which will find us playing in a tournament each weekend,” he continued.“The guys have really toughed it out through cold temperatures lately, and I am optimistic that their persistence and hard work will pay off with some great performances. We are fortunate to have at least five players on our team with ‘breakout’ potential, meaning they all have the raw ability to get hot and fire a low round at any time. It is our job this spring to get everybody primed to do just that and achieve our team and individual goals. While this weekend will likely be a tough test, playing 36 holes in cool weather on a difficult course, it will provide us with an opportunity to make a statement about our intentions this season. I am looking forward to mapping out a plan to attack the Yale course, and guiding them as they strive to execute our plan. The best-case scenario for me would be a Quaker win in a close contest over the host Bulldogs!”