Men's Golf Looks to Defend Title at Ivy Champs

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s golf team will look to defend its title this weekend, as the Quakers join the rest of their Ivy brethren for the Ivy League Championships. This year’s 54-hole event will take place Friday through Sunday at Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson, N.J. Metedeconk -- which last hosted this event in 2004 -- will play at par-72 with a length of 6,859 yards.

Tournament play is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, with the teams playing one round each day.

Penn, of course, won this event a year ago after finishing last in 2014; it marked the first time a team went from worst to first. Two of the key cogs on last year’s championship team are gone -- 2015 Ivy League Player of the Year Austin Powell, and Ben Cooley -- so the Quakers mix a dash of experience and youth this weekend.

Penn’s lineup will be headlined by senior Patrick O'Leary. He will be joined by junior Matt Kern, sophomore Carter Thompson, and freshmen Josh Goldenberg and KJ Smith.

“Any time you are defending a title it’s a special week,” said head coach Bob Heintz, the reigning Ivy League Coach of the Year. “The Ivy Championships mean so much to our guys, and they are grinding away to be prepared for this event. We have a young team so we have been inconsistent this year. Our performance makes us an underdog despite having won last year, but that’s a role I think our team can embrace.I am looking forward to having Patrick back in the lineup after he rested a shoulder injury last week, and I plan to enjoy the walk with him especially since he is Penn's first golfer to have played all four years with me as his Coach.

“From everything I’ve heard, Metedeconk National GC is a fabulous facility, and the weather is looking good, so this weekend promises to be an excellent wrap-up to our season.”

Patrick O'Leary (1) – Sr.
*14 tournament rounds; 75.2 stroke average
*Low round of 70 this year

Carter Thompson (2) – So.
*19 tournament rounds in 2015-16; 74.9 stroke average
*Low round of 68 this year

Josh Goldenberg (3) – Fr.
*17 tournament rounds in 2015-16; 76.6 stroke average
*Low round of 71 this year

Matt Kern (4) – Jr.
*9 tournament rounds in 2015-16; 81.1 stroke average
*Low round of 76 this year

KJ Smith (5) – Fr.
*9 tournament rounds in 2015-16; 80.3 stroke average
*Low round of 73 this year