PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s golf team plays for the third weekend in a row, this time making the trip to The Course at Yale to compete in the Bulldogs’ Macdonald Cup. This annual event began in 1976.
The 54-hole tournament will have a heavy Ivy League influence; in addition to the Quakers and the host Bulldogs, Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton are also in the field. They are joined by Bryant, Fairfield, Fordham, Kennesaw State, Sacred Heart, St. Edwards (Texas) and Towson. The teams will play 36 holes on Saturday with tee times starting at 7:20 a.m., and a final 18 on Sunday with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
Penn will roll out the senior trio of Austin Powell -- who won medalist honors last weekend at Dartmouth’s Quechee Club Invitational -- Ben Cooley and Tomas Agrest, as well as sophomore Dane Walton and freshman Amay Poria. Powell and Cooley have played all three events this fall for the Quakers, while the other three are seeing their second tournament action.
“The Macdonald Cup is one of my favorite events of the year, and that has nothing to do with it being my alma mater,” said Penn’s head coach, Bob Heintz, who won three Ivy League individual titles as a player at Yale. “The Course at Yale provides a unique challenge in its ruggedness, frequent blind shots, and huge greens with multiple levels. The course places a premium on accuracy, especially with the irons, and it demands imaginative short game shots when you get in trouble around the greens. Combine the challenge of the course with a strong field of competing teams, and you have an attractive event. We are bringing our top five performers from the previous two weeks.
“Conditions in New Haven could be scratchy on Saturday, so we'll hope the forecast brightens since 36 holes in the rain makes for a miserable day. Our team has some good momentum, so the goal for this weekend is simple -- just keep it rolling, keep being positive, and keep building the overall confidence level with solid play. I am looking forward to watching the guys compete on my old stomping grounds.”