RALEIGH, N.C. - The University of Pennsylvania golf team shaved a stroke from Saturday to Sunday, and finished alone in fourth place out of 11 teams at the Wolfpack Spring Open hosted by North Carolina State University.
The Quakers followed up Saturday's first-round 290 with a 289 on Sunday, to finish at 579 overall which was just 11-over-par. N.C. State ran away with the team title, shooting 275 on Sunday to finish at 551 for the weekend. That was 17 shots ahead of second-place Maryland (568). Francis Marion was third, at 576. Among the other Ivies in the field, Columbia was sixth overall (583) and Dartmouth was 11th (615).
Individually, Patrick O'Leary was once again Penn's low scorer; he shot a 69 on Sunday to finish at 139 for the tournament which tied him for third in a field of 77 golfers. O'Leary is the third different Penn player to break 70 in a round this season, after seniors Austin Powell and Ben Cooley.
Cooley was second among Penn players and tied for 18th at the Wolfpack; he shot a 72 on Sunday to finish at 144 overall. Powell was right behind him on Sunday, with a 73, while freshman Amay Poria shot a 75; they both finished at 148 overall to tie for 31st. The other player in the lineup, sophomore Dane Walton, carded an 85 and tied for 73rd overall at 161. Classmate Matt Kern was also in the field as an individual; he shot a 79 on Sunday and finished tied for 56th overall at 155.
N.C. State's David Cooke won medalist honors; he followed up a first-round 67 with a Sunday 65 to finish a staggering 10 under par, at 132. That was three strokes ahead of his teammate, James Chapman. Among the golfers that O'Leary tied with for third was Temple's standout Brandon Matthews.
Penn's next event is the big one. The Ivy League Championships take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Saucon Valley CC in Bethlehem, Pa.
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