PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's golf team will compete in the NCAA regional that will be conducted in Bowling Green, Ky. this Thursday through Saturday. The Quakers are the 13th seed out of 14 teams and will go with the lineup that won the Ivy League Championships title and got them here -- senior Scotty Williams, juniors P.J. Fielding and Colin St. Maxens, sophomore Max Marsico, and freshman Austin Powell.
Penn will tee off from the first hole at 9:40 a.m. Central time (10:40 a.m. Eastern) on Thursday with Alabama State and the five individuals in the field (Anthony Bradley of Austin Peay, Emilio Cuartero and Jace Long of Missouri, Derek Fribbs of Colorado, and Justin Dorward of Louisville). For the Quakers, Powell will tee off at 9:40, followed by St. Maxens at 9:50, Fielding at 10, Marsico at 10:10, and Williams at 10:20.
The Bowling Green regional -- one of six being played across the country -- is being hosted by Western Kentucky University and will be played at The Club at Olde Stone, a par-72 course that plays at 7,372 yards from the tips. Fourteen teams and five individuals will play three rounds, with the five low teams and the low individual not on those teams advancing to the NCAA Championships. This year's national championship event will be played from May 29-June 3 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Four teams in the field are ranked in the national Top 20: UCLA (4), Arkansas (6), Texas A&M (15) and Clemson (19).
How Did We Get Here?
*Penn won its third Ivy League team title in late April, defeating Dartmouth on the third playoff hole after tying the Big Green through 54 holes. The Ivy League Championships was conducted at Galloway (N.J.) National. Penn was down by 16 strokes and in fourth place heading into the final day, but came all the way back to gain the title.
*The playoff between Penn and Dartmouth was the first of its kind in the history of the Ivy League Championships, which have been conducted every year since 1975.
*Penn's other Ivy League team titles came in 1998 and 2007. In 2007, the Quakers went to the NCAA Regional in Tempe, Ariz. and finished 23rd of 27 teams. (However, Chance Pipitone advanced to the NCAA Championships as an individual, the Quakers' first individual at the NCAAs since 1972.)
*Penn won two other tournaments this spring, the George Washington Invitatonal (12-team field) in March and the Navy Spring Invitational (20-team field) in mid-April.
*Penn's home course is the Philadelphia Cricket Club's Wissahickon course in Flourtown, Pa. It was designed by A.W. Tillinghast and opened in 1922. (www.philacricket.com)
So Who Are These Guys?
*Senior captain Scotty Williams (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte), who hit the putt that clinched Penn's win at the Ivy Championships, isthe firstfour-time first-team All-Ivy honoreein program history and was individual medalist at the Ivy League Championships his sophomore year. He played the NCAA Regional at Yale Golf Club that year as an individual. (Williams is one of just two Penn players to win medalist honors at the Ivy Championships, the other being Mike Blodgett in 2008.)
*Williams is also one-third of a sibling trio to play golf for Penn. His older brother, Bryant, played on the Quakers' 2007 Ivy title team and was captain of the 2009-10 team. His younger sister, Kelsey, is a freshman member of the Red and Blue's women's team.
*Williams was a GCAA Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar last year. To be eligible for that recognition, an individual must be a junior or senior academically and have competed in at least two full years at the collegiate level (competing in 70 percent of his team's competitive rounds or in the NCAA Championships). The stroke-average maximum is 76.0, and the minimum grade-point average is 3.20.
*Williams also was an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in the at-large category in 2009-10, and last spring he received Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Ivy recognition.
*Sophomore Max Marsico (Las Vegas, Nev./The Meadows School) has been Penn's low scorer in six of the nine tournaments he has played this year and was medalist at three events in 2011-12: the University of Maryland Intercollegiate in September; the George Washington Invitational in March; and the Navy Spring Invitational in April.
*Most recently, Marsico advanced through U.S. Open local qualifying at Trump National Philadelphia in Pine Hill, N.J. He was the only amateur among the six qualifiers, and will play sectional qualifying in early June.
*Last summer, Marsico had a stellar performance at last summer's U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, which took place at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon. He advanced to march play by finishing tied for sixth after two rounds of stroke play. He then advanced through the first round before falling in 19 holes in the second round.
*Junior P.J. Fielding (Brentwood, Calif./Brentwood) was also a first-team All-Ivy honoree this year after his fourth-place finish at the Championships.
*Fielding has been Penn's low scorer at the last two tournaments he played, the Princeton Invitational (t-6th overall) and the Ivy League Championships. He was also the Quakers' low man once in the fall, at Yale's Macdonald Cup.
*Junior Colin St. Maxens (Washington, D.C./Maret) was the 2009-10 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and earned second-team All-Ivy last year with his 10th-place finish at the Ivy League Championships.
*Freshman Austin Powell (Jupiter, Fla./Cardinal Newman) was medalist at the Quaker Invitational in early April, as he shot 76-71--147 (+5) at the Trump National Philadelphia course.