PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s golf team got some bad news and some good news with regard to this weekend’s Princeton Invitational. The bad news? Springdale Golf Club, the normal home of this event, is not ready for play.
The good news? Well, it may be better than good. Instead, the tournament will be played on two of the most iconic courses in the Philadelphia area: Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa. (Saturday) and Merion Golf Club's East Course in Ardmore, Pa. (Sunday). Both courses will play at par 70 for this tournament.
With the Ivy League Championships just two weeks away, Penn will line up against Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton and Yale from the conference. The rest of the field includes Georgetown, Rider, St. John’s, Saint Joseph’s, Seton Hall, and Temple. Teams will tee off at noon on Saturday, and 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Penn’s lineup will include seniors Austin Powell and Ben Cooley; junior Patrick O'Leary; sophomore Matt Kern; and freshman Amay Poria.
“Coming off of two tournaments where the team faced extremely difficult weather conditions, we need to use this weekend to build confidence and make the game simple again,” said head coach Bob Heintz. “We will focus on eliminating big numbers since we have suffered far too many double bogeys and ‘others’ lately, leading to scores well above team averages.
“While some of our players will be playing Aronimink and Merion for the first time, they’ll be armed with course knowledge from senior Ben Cooley since he has played each course several times growing up in the area. It’s certainly a treat to play these two historic courses, and a good break for Penn having the tournament in our hometown. Our goal is to simplify our approach and get back to competing for a team win. With Austin returning from a forearm injury and Ben’s game looking strong in practice, I think our leaders are poised to push for a strong finish this weekend.”