PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s golf team begins its run-up to the Ivy League Championships (April 22-24) this weekend, participating in the 30th annual Princeton Invitational. The 36-hole tournament will take place Saturday and Sunday on the Tigers’ home course, Springdale Golf Club, near campus.
Springdale’s par-71 course measures 6,415 yards for this year’s tournament, which starts with the first tee times on Saturday at 7:45 a.m. On Sunday, teams will go off with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. Pairings will be assigned Friday.
A year ago, the tournament was played at Aronimink Golf Club and Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia due to weather conditions having affected Springdale, but the tournament will be back at Princeton's home course for the 30th annual event. It has been played every year since 1987 except for 2003, when the scheduled event was rained out.
Seven of the eight Ivy League programs will be in this weekend’s field, giving Penn a good barometer of their standing just two weeks out from the Championship. In addition to the host Tigers, the field includes Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard and Yale, The field is headlined by a pair of teams ranked in the top 50 in the April 5 Golfweek rankings, No. 22 Duke and No. 34 Georgia Tech, plus regional foes Georgetown, Rider, Rutgers, Saint Joseph's, Seton Hall and Temple.
Penn’s lineup this weekend will include senior Patrick O'Leary; sophomores Carter Thompson and Amay Poria; and freshmen Josh Goldenberg and Zareh Kaloustian.
“After a great spring break trip to Florida and a couple of weeks at home, we are excited to resume competitive play at Princeton this weekend,” said Penn’s head coach, Bob Heintz. “A strong field is expected, with most of our Ivy foes competing along with teams like Duke and Georgetown, so this will be a good test for our young lineup. Unfortunately, it appears that weather will play a big role with a nasty day forecasted for Saturday. We will work on patience and toughness, and see if we can put ourselves in contention. The end goal is to be prepared to defend the Ivy title from last spring, so this is just one step along the way to that end. I’m looking forward to seeing how our young guys respond to this challenge.”