NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - The University of Pennsylvania men's golf team shaved 17 strokes off its score from Thursday's first round to Friday's second round -- 16 of them coming from one player -- but the Quakers remain in 14th place heading into Saturday's final round at the NCAA Regional being played on the par-72 Sagamore Golf Club.
After shooting 322 on Thursday, Penn shot 305 as a team on Friday. Overall, the Quakers' two-round score of 627 leaves then seven shots behind 13th-place Alabama State. SMU leads the field at 573, followed by Colorado (577), Illinois (579), UCLA (582) and UNLV (585). If those results hold through tomorrow, they would be the five teams to qualify for the NCAA Championships later this month.
Ben Cooley remains Penn's low scorer in the 74-player field; he shot another 4-over-par 76 on Friday and is tied for 43rd overall at 152. Patrick O'Leary carded a 75 on Friday and is now tied for 57th overall at 156. Austin Powell scored for Penn with an 81 on Friday, and is tied for 63rd at 162. Freshman Amay Poria had by far the best turnaround among the Quakers players; he shot a 1-over-par 73 on Friday, the best round by a Penn player in this tournament so far and a staggering 16 strokes better than he played on Thursday. He is now tied for 69th overall at 162. Dane Walton shot an 82 on Friday and is tied for 72nd at 169 through two rounds.
UCLA's Jonathan Garrick is the overall leader heading into Saturday's final round; he shot a 68 on Friday and is now at 7-under-par 157 through two rounds. That puts him one stroke ahead of Colorado's David Oraee, who shot a 70 on Friday.
Penn will play with Alabama State and the five individuals in the field on Saturday. Teeing off from the No. 10 hole, Walton will begin play at 8:50 a.m. followed by Poria at 9:01, Powell at 9:12, O'Leary at 9:23, and Cooley at 9:34.
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