PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s golf team competes in tournament golf for the fourth time in as many weekends at the Temple Invitational. The 36-hole event will be played this Saturday and Sunday at Philmont Country Club’s par-70 North Course in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
Penn is one of three Ivy League teams in the 14-team field, along with Brown and Cornell. As this tournament is a replacement for the old Big 5 Classic, several local teams are in the field (two Temple teams, Drexel, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s). The field is rounded out by Binghamton, Fordham, Georgetown, Hartford, Rhode Island, and Seton Hall.
Penn’s lineup will be the same as last weekend at Yale, led by seniors Austin Powell and Ben Cooley. They will be joined by sophomoreDane Walton, freshman Amay Poria, and senior Tomas Agrest. Junior Patrick O'Leary will also be in the field, playing the tournament as an individual.
“Coming off a decent sixth-place finish at Yale, the guys are looking to finish strong this week at Philmont CC for the Temple Invitational,” said head coach Bob Heintz. “This being our last full-field event of the fall, and playing in a field among several in-town rivals, we are eager to post some good numbers.
“I'm still pleased with the play at the top of our lineup, with Austin posting another great finish and Ben showing some resiliency as they both shot one under par on Sunday at Yale. Dane has not hit his stride completely, but he is working on simplifying his golf swing and making progress. If we can maintain his exceptional distance while adding a touch of control, he could easily contend for wins on a weekly basis. Amay has added stability at the 4 or 5 spot, but he is not yet scoring as he would like. I think as he gets comfortable with the college golf scene and finds a good daily routine he will begin to challenge par very frequently as he did in high school and junior golf. Tomas is doing a lot of things well too, and we are working on his confidence and playing with freedom to give him the best chance to shoot low scores.Overall, the team is in good shape and just looking for ways to shave a shot or two each day.
“We will need to improve our depth for the spring season, but for the short term we are looking to take revenge on Philmont North, a course that has beaten us up at times. Philmont typically has the greens running very fast, and they are severely sloped in places, so ball control on approach shots is critical. With potential showers on Saturday and cool temperatures expected all weekend, it should prove to be a strong test.”