NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Penn men's golf team went to Yale looking to defend its team title at the Macdonald Cup this weekend. And while the Quakers were unable to do so, they certainly put together another standout performance in gaining second place in the 18-team field.
Penn improved with each round and finished the tournament at 310-302-298--910 (+70) on the par-70 Yale GC. That was just six strokes behind the team champion, Binghamton (312-292-300--904) but four strokes ahead of the teams that tied for third, Seton Hall and Connecticut.
Among the other Ivy League schools that competed, host Yale tied for seventh (319-301-305--925); Harvard placed ninth (309-312-307--928); Dartmouth was right behind the Crimson in 10th (319-317-309--945); and Brown took 14th overall (336-334-301--971).
Senior Sean Barrett was Penn's top finisher at the tournament, placing second overall behind medalist Robert Lindstrom of Birmingham Southern. Barrett carded 74-72-72--218 (+8) to finish three strokes off the pace set by Lindstrom (72-73-70--215, +5)
Freshman Chance Pipitone tied for 11th overall, coming back strong after a tough first round to card 80-75-71--226 (+16). Dean Merrill and Nick Ryder were among three players tied for 33rd overall; Merrill shot 77-77-82--236 (+26), while Ryder went 82-88-76--236 (+26). Michael Blodgett rounded out Penn's contingent; he shot 79-80-79--238 (+28) and tied for 37th.
Brett Rendina competed as an individual and carded 87-81-82--250 (+40).
The Quakers will close out the fall season this weekend, hosting the Big 5 Classic at Philadelphia Cricket Club Saturday and Sunday.