Men's Golf Gears Up to Take on Famed Merion Course

Follow @PennMensGolf

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s golf team closes out the fall portion of its 2015-16 schedule this Saturday, participating in the second annual City Six Shootout alongside its fellow Philadelphia schools. This year’s 18-hole tournament will begin at 11 a.m. and take place on the famed Merion Cricket Club East course, which was the home of the 2013 U.S. Open Championship.

(Please note that any alums or friends wishing to spectate during Saturday’s event will need to adhere to Merion’s dress code, which means proper golf attire and no denim of any kind. The club also requests that spectators respect its “no cell phone” policy, so any photos should be taken with a traditional camera.)

Penn is the defending champion in this event after defeating Drexel, Saint Joseph’s, La Salle and Villanova last year on its home course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. All five schools will once again be involved in this year’s event. The Quakers' six-man lineup on Saturday will feature senior Patrick O'Leary; junior Matt Kern; sophomores Amay Poria and Carter Thompson; and freshmen Josh Goldenberg and KJ Smith.

“As a team, our level of play has been improving over the last two weeks, as shown by the result at LSU and in our team qualifying for the upcoming shootout at Merion,” said head coach Bob Heintz. “We had several different players post individual rounds under par this week on our home course, the Militia Hill Course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. I think the message to be brought forward from this up and down fall season is that we have a bunch of guys who can really score on a given day, which means we can always be a dangerous team. We will need to work hard during the offseason to achieve greater consistency through strength, stamina, improved fundamentals, and a solid mental approach. It’s clear that if our players can address the reasons for our inconsistency, with our talent we could be poised for another strong spring season.

“This weekend at Merion is just a treat for all the teams involved, and I know our guys are very excited to take on the U.S. Open test and defend the City Six title. I enjoy having both the City Six trophy and the Ivy Championship trophy sitting on my desk, so for now we will do our best to make sure this one stays put!”

Download: Merion tee times and rules.pdf