PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s golf team is ready to tee off the fall portion of its 2014-15 schedule this weekend, participating in the 54-hole Cornell Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. The tournament, to be played on Cornell’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, will have a shotgun start on Saturday followed by a final 18 with tee times on Sunday.
Penn is one of three Ivy League teams in the field, joining the host Big Red and Dartmouth. The other teams in the 15-team field include Binghamton, Bucknell, Canisius, Colgate, Delaware, Drexel, Fordham, Longwood, Ottawa, Saint Bonaventure, and Siena.
Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University plays to 6,904 yards and par 71 from the Big Red tees. It has a rating of 73.1 and slope of 137.
Penn’s lineup this weekend will be a mix of youth and experience. Seniors Ben Cooley and Austin Powell will head the lineup along with sophomore Dane Walton and the team’s pair of freshmen, Amay Poria and Sam Rosenberg.
“We head to Ithaca with optimism about the fall season and are excited to play a new event on our schedule,” said head coach Bob Heintz, who enters his third season with the Quakers. “We chose to play at Cornell and Dartmouth this year partly because New England in September can offer some outstanding weather and the golf courses are usually in their peak condition. We had a competitive qualifying tournament within our team the past two weeks, and the result dictated that we bring three veterans in Powell, Cooley, and Walton accompanied by our two freshmen, Rosenberg and Poria.
“It's always a good idea to give the freshmen an early opportunity to play, and in this case they earned it,” Heintz said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how Sam and Amay handle the situation. This is the beginning of a long journey to achieve some redemption after last year’s Ivy Championship performance, and it will be exciting to take that first step at the Cornell Invitational.”