OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Penn men’s golf team had another strong showing in its final tune-up before this weekend’s Ivy League Championships. Playing in an eight-team field that featured five other Ivies, the Quakers placed third overall (second among its Ancient Eight brethren) at the Caves Valley Intercollegiate.
Harvard took team honors, carding 294-301--595 to defeat second-place George Washington by 13 strokes. Penn was one stroke behind the Colonials, going 314-295--609.
Penn had its team success despite the absence of senior Brett Rendina, who was disqualified from the first round after he signed an incorrect scorecard following Saturday’s round. Rendina shot 74 in the first round, but signed off on a card that listed him with a 73. When he realized the error, he turned himself in to the Head Pro and was DQ’d. Rendina came back for Sunday's second round and shot another 74.
“It was an unfortunately situation for Brett,” said head coach Scott Allen, noting that Rendina’s DQ added nine strokes to Penn’s first-round team score. “We wouldn’t have caught Harvard either way, but all of us know what we shot in the first round.”
With the pressure on them Sunday, Penn’s players responded. Scotty Williams, who carded a first-round 72, came back Sunday with a 70 to finish with 142; he was third overall in the individual standings, behind GW’s Brendan Barrack and Bucknell’s Andrew Cohen. Prior to the weekend, Williams' low round for the year had been 74.
Freshman Dillon Hakes recovered from a first-round 80 and posted a 73 on Sunday-- matching his low round for year -- for a two-round 153. Bryant Williams also improved from Day 1 to Day 2, going 83-78--161. Kevin Huntington (79-80--159) also competed for the Quakers.
“This tournament again shows that we are right in the mix for this week’s Ivy League Championships,” said Allen. “The past two weeks we’ve seen six Ivy League schools in each event and come in second both times. Two weekends ago we lost to Yale but beat Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Cornell; this past weekend we fell to Harvard, but beat Yale, Princeton, Cornell and Brown.”