Men's Golf Finishes Sixth at Columbia Invitational

GALLOWAY, N.J. - The Penn men's golf team finished sixth out of 15 teams at the three-day Columbia Invitational, which wrapped up Sunday at the par-71 Galloway National Golf Club.

The Quakers carded 303-216-310--929 (+77) and finished just one stroke out of fifth place. TCU won the team title, carding 307-296-291--894 to finish nine strokes ahead of second-place Florida. The other two Ivy League teams in the event were host Columbia (308-325-322-955/11th) and Princeton (329-322-305--956/12th).

"This was a very impressive result for us," said head coach Scott Allen. "Most of the top teams in the Northeast were here, as well as some nationally ranked programs. This showed the guys that we are one of the top programs in our region. I was very pleased with our results this weekend. It was a great way to end the fall season."

Despite battling a pinched nerve in his neck, which almost kept him out of the tournament entirely, senior Michael Blodgett had a strong weekend and finished in a tie for fourth overall. Blodgett shot 71-75-79--225 and was four shots off the championship pace set by Florida's Tim McKenney (75-74-72--211) and TCU's Tom Hoge (80-71-70--211). Galloway National, of course, was the same course where Blodgett won the Ivy League individual title a year ago.

"This tournament showed that Mike might be the top player in the Northeast," said Allen. "This will certainly help him get some attention nationally, and that could pay off when we get into the spring and the championship season."

Freshman Scotty Williams was Penn's second finisher, carding 77-79-76--232 and tying for 22nd overall. Senior Brett Rendina (75-81-80--236) and sophomore Kevin Huntington (80-81-75--236) were among a group of golfers tied for 35th, while Dillon Hakes (81-84-83--248) tied for 63rd.

Ross Merrill (84-83-88--255) played as an individual and tied for 73rd overall.

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