Men's Golf Finishes Third at GW Invitational

Final Tournament Results (PDF)

BETHANY BEACH, Del. - No Mike Blodgett? No problem.

The Penn men’s golf team played this weekend’s George Washington Invitational without its top golfer -- Blodgett, a senior, will miss much of this spring recovering from an injury. On Saturday, though, the Quakers finished third out of 22 teams at the GW Invite, carding 606 to finish behind only Rhode Island (601) and Longwood (605).

In its first tournament action of the spring season, Penn finished three strokes ahead of fourth-place Skidmore and five up on Delaware. The Quakers were the only Ivy League team in the field.

“This was a good result for us, I was really proud of the way the guys played this weekend,” said first-year head coach Scott Allen, who came to Penn from George Washington over the summer. “It was pretty windy all weekend, so the conditions were tough, but we beat some strong teams and I think we showed that, even without Mike, we are a pretty good team.”

Senior Brett Rendina picked up in his classmate’s stead, shooting 74-75--149 to lead the Quakers and tie for eighth overall out of 117 golfers. Sophomore Kevin Huntington tied for 10th overall, shooting 76-74--150 and finishing just one stroke behind Rendina.

Scotty Williams tied for 19th overall with a 77-76--153, while freshman Dillon Hakes tied for 25th (76-78--154). Ross Merrill rounded out Penn’s lineup by carding 82-81--163.

Three Penn players competed in the tournament as individuals: Bryant Williams (78-76--154), Clint Dewey (81-82--163), and Sam Williams (86-77--163).

Delaware’s Justin Martinson won medalist honors, carding 71-74--145 to hold off URI’s Mark Stevens and GW’s Brandon Rukin by a stroke.

Penn returns to action Monday, April 6 when the Quakers participate in the Rehoboth Beach (Del.) Spring Invitational.

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