Men's Golf Finishes Eighth at Princeton Invitational

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PRINCETON, N.J. - The Penn men's golf team shot 304 on Saturday and held a share of the lead in the 14-team Princeton Invitational. On Sunday, the Quakers bettered that total by carding a team 302. However, on a day when low scores were the norm, Penn's final score of 606 (38 over par) put them in eighth place.

Columbia, with whom Penn shared Saturday's lead, shot a team 290 on Sunday to win the tournament at 594 (+26). That was two shots better than Princeton and four ahead of George Mason and George Washington. Georgetown and Rider tied for fifth place at 601, while Drexel finished ahead of Penn with a two-round total of 603.

Dean Merrill continued his consistent play Sunday, and as a result tied for fourth overall with four other golfers. The sophomore carded 72-74--146 on the par-71 course to finish just four over par. Freshman teammate Michael Blodgett was not far behind, shooting 75-73--148 (+6) and tying for ninth overall.

Sean Barrett was third among Penn players, scoring 78-77--155 (+13) to tie for 41st overall. Among the players he tied with way Billy McCrossan, who played the tournament as an individual and shot 80-75--155 (+13).

Nick Ryder tied for 58th overall with 79-79--158 (+16), while Derek Rogers finished 70th overall with 83-78--161 (+19). Michael Kornheiser also competed as an individual for Penn and shot 87-82--169 (+27).

Chris Condello of Columbia took medalist honors in the tournament, shooting 2-under par 70-70--140 and defeating Drexel's Pat Hardin by three strokes. Princeton's Drew Malinak (76-69--145, +3) was third, while teammates Jason Gerken and Jesse Dixon along with Keegan Bradley of St. John's tied with Merrill for fourth place.

Penn comesright back nextweekend, competing in the Navy InvitationalFriday and Saturday in its last eventbefore the Ivy League Championships, which will take place April21-23 at the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, N.J.

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