PHILADELPHIA - With the Ivy League Championships right around the corner, the Penn men’s golf team will play for the second time this week by participating in the Princeton Invitational. In the process, the Quakers will get a good measuring stick of where they stand among their conference peers.
The par-71 Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J., will be the site of this event; the course measures 6,390 yards. Fourteen teams will play two rounds Saturday and one Sunday, and the field includes four Ivy League teams in addition to the Quakers and the host Tigers -- Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, and Yale.
Penn hosted the Rehoboth Beach (Del.) Invitational Monday, but the inclement weather shortened the tournament from 36 holes to 18. The Quakers were second out of nine teams, losing only to Maryland, and once again head coach Scott Allen finds himself in a position of trying to sort out a firm lineup as the team heads into the home stretch.
In the absence of injured Mike Blodgett -- last year’s Ivy League Championships individual medalist -- senior Brett Rendina has established himself as Penn’s No. 1 thus far this spring, finishing as the Quakers’ low scorer in both spring tournaments. On Monday, he shot a career-low 70 at Rehoboth Beach, tying for individual medalist honors.
After that, Scotty Williams has been third and second, respectively. Then there are four more playerswhose spring averages are within a stroke of each other (Kevin Huntington, Scotty Williams, Bryant Williams, Dillon Hakes) while a fifth, Sam Williams, has gone 77-76 in his last two tournament rounds.
Following this weekend’s event, Penn is at another 54-hole event next weekend in Owings Mills, Md., the Caves Valley Intercollegiate. The weekend after that, the Quakers will join their seven conference brethren at the Ivy League Championships, a 54-hole event which will take place April 24-26 in Atlantic City, N.J.