Results From Day 1
GALLOWAY, N.J. - The Penn men’s golf team put together two solid performances Saturday, and as a result the Quakers head into Sunday with a good shot at winning their second Ivy League Championship team title (the other coming in 1998).
The Quakers shot 300 on the par-71 Galloway (N.J.) National Golf Club in Saturday morning’s first round, and followed it up with a 301 in the afternoon for a combined 601. That puts them just five shots behind Columbia, which shot 299-297--596 to hold onto first place heading into Sunday’s final round, which will begin at 7:30 a.m.
Brown is in third place after Saturday’s action; the Bears shot 306-303--609 and are eight shots behind Penn. Dartmouth is fourth (310-303--613), while Harvard is fifth just one shot behind (310-304--614). Princeton, Cornell and Yale are all tied for sixth place with team scores of 619.
In addition to having a shot at the team title, a few of the Penn players are in the hunt for the individual title, as well. Freshman Chance Pipitone had two excellent rounds Saturday, and as a result he is tied forsecond place heading into Sunday. Pipitone shot 73-73--144,and is tied at 4-over par with Columbia's Chris Condello. Harvard’s Greg Shuman, who shot a pair of 72s, is in first place heading into Sunday.
Junior Dean Merrill shot 74-75--149 Saturday, putting him in eighth place, while Michael Blodgett (78-76) and Sean Barrett (75-79) both shot 154 and are among a group tied for 17th. Nick Ryder rounds out Penn’s contingent; he shot 78-83--161 and is tied at 31st overall.
A total of 40 golfers are competing in the event.