NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - The University of Pennsylvania men's golf team finished with the best round of the three it played at the NCAA Regional this week on Saturday, but could not make up ground and finished 14th at the Sagamore Golf Club.
Penn shot 301 as a team on Saturday, after a 322 on Thursday and a 305 on Friday. The Quakers finished at 65-over-par 928 for the event.
Seniors Ben Cooley and Austin Powell led the Quakers in their final collegiate rounds. Cooley was the Quakers' low scorer for the second time this weekend, carding an even-par 72 -- the low round by a Penn player all tournament -- to finish tied for 33rd in the 74-player field at 8-over-par 224. Powell, meanwhile, shot a 74 on Saturday and ended the weekend tied for 59th at 233.
Junior Patrick O'Leary scored all three days for Penn, including his 79 on Saturday which put him 62nd overall at 235. Freshman Amay Poria shot an 80 on Saturday and ended the tournament tied for 70th at 242, while sophomore Dane Walton scored for the Quakers on Saturday with a 76. He finished 72nd overall at 245.
Illinois and SMU tied for the team title, finishing the 54-hole regional at 860. They advanced to the NCAA Championships in Bradenton, Fla. along with UNLV (863), UCLA (869) and Oregon (871).
Illinois' Brian Campbell was the individual medalist at the regional; he shot a 65 on Saturday to propel past the leaders and gain the title with a 10-under-par 206. That put him three shots ahead of Colorado's David Oraee, who qualified for the NCAA Championships as the low individual from a non-advancing team.