HAMBURG, N.J. - The University of Pennsylvania men's golf team was unable to hold on to its third-place spot from Saturday by the narrowest of margins; playing one final 18-hole round on Sunday, the Quakers were edged by Brown and finished fourth at the Ivy League Championships.
Unlike the women's tournament, the men were able to get in all 54 scheduled holes despite extremely damp conditions at the par-72 Ballyowen CC.
"Those were arguably the toughest conditions we have had to play under this year," said second-year head coach Rob Powelson. "We had rain, we had sleet and we had wind, and beyond that there was the constant uncertainty of whether or not we would even play."
The Quakers shot 295 as a team Sunday -- with four of the players shooting their best scores of the weekend -- to finish the three-round event with a team total of 918, one shot behind Brown's 917 (the Bears shot 292 on Sunday).
It was one of two races that went down to the wire in the Championships; the other took place at the top of the leaderboard, where Princeton was able to edge Columbia, 895 to 896, to win its third-consecutive Ivy title.
Yale was fifth, 11 shots behind Penn, while Dartmouth and Harvard tied for sixth and Cornell was a distant eighth.
"Round 1 on Saturday was definitely a setback for us," said Powelson. "If you take that round out, we were right there. However, we rebounded nicely for Round 2 yesterday, and then we were really strong to come out and shoot 295 today. Everyone was shooting pretty well this weekend; six different teams were represented on the All-Ivy team, which almost never happens. Usually one or two schools dominate that."
Penn junior Sean Barrett earned All-Ivy honors for the second year in a row, shooting a 1-over par 73 Sunday to finish 8-over par for the tournament and tie for sixth with Princeton's Andrew Maliniak and Yale's Mark Matza.
Sophomore Nick Ryder, a transfer from Williams College, was the second Quaker on the ledger this weekend. After his 72 on Sunday, Ryder finished at 13-over par 229 to tie for 12th overall. Senior captain Derek Rogers, playing his final tournament for the Quakers,was third among Penn players for the weekend, carding a three-round 232 (+16) to tie for 17th overall.
Freshman Michael Blodgett tied for 21st with a 20-over par 236, while sophomore Dean Merrill tied for 28th overall with a 24-over par 240. Both players scored for Penn Sunday, however, carding their best scores of the weekend with 74 and 76, respectively.
Brown's Larry Haertel -- who was paired with Barrett on Sunday -- fired a 4-under par 68 Sunday and won medalist honors with a three-round total of 212. That was five shots better than Columbia's Chris Condello and Harvard's D.J. Hynes, who tied for second.
"Sean is someone who qualified for the U.S. Amateur last year, so he knows pressure situations," said Powelson. "I thought he showed tremendous resiliency today, at one point he was 3-over par but he was able to come back and get to 1-over par and get that All-Ivy nod. He was also good to keep his focus when his partner was shooting the lights out. It speaks to Sean's work ethic.
"We are upbeat about this weekend, the season and the future," he continued. "We had two great wins this year, we return the core of our team for next year, and we have some recruits coming in who I think will help us right away. We are excited."