SUNSET BEACH, N.C. - The University of Pennsylvania packed its men's golfers in a tight group this weekend at the Sea Trail Intercollegiate, and the result was a 12th-place finish in the two-day, three-round tournament.
The Quakers carded an overall score of 891 (300-295-296) and finished just four strokes out of 10th place. The tournament was won by the host school, Elon University, which scored 851 (284-292-275) to finish 11 strokes ahead of second-place Western Carolina. Two other Ivy League teams competed in the event -- Princeton finished eighth (287-297-297=881) and Columbia tied for 10th (290-301-296=887).
Derek Rogers paced Penn for the second time in as many events this fall. The senior captain shot 74-74-71=219 to finish in a tie for 24th overall. Right behind him, Dean Merrill (77-71-74=222) finished in a tie for 40th and Sean Barrett (74-72-77=223) tied for 45th. Williams transfer Nick Ryder (75-78-74=227/t-61st) and Garrett Wentzell (81-82-79=242/t-99th) were the Quakers' other players in the tournament.
Western Carolina's Matt Cook took medalist honors at the event; he shot 72-68-69=209 in defeating the field. Three players -- Elon's Bennett Smith, Bethune-Cookman's Stefan Strudland, and Wofford's Neil O'Briain -- were two strokes off the pace.
The men are next in action Oct. 7-9 at the Yale Fall Invitational in New Haven, Conn.
Written by Mike Mahoney, director of athletic communications