HAMBURG, N.J. - The Penn men's golf team is in third place after two rounds at the 2006 Ivy League Championships.
Playing amid horrible, soaking conditions on the par-72, 6795-yard Ballyowen GC, the Quakers came back from a first-round 315 to post a second-round 308 for a total score of 623 (+47). That places them behind leader Princeton (303-300--603) and second-place Columbia (301-306--607), buttwo strokes ahead of fourth-place Brown (315-310--625).
Sean Barrett was Penn's leader through Saturday's play. The junior, an All-Ivy player a year ago, fired 76-75--151 (+7) and is tied for fifth overall. Senior Derek Rogers did not play last week at Navy, but was inserted back into the lineup for this weekend and responded with 78-75--153 (+9) to place him in a tie for 10th.
Nick Ryder carded an 80-77--157 (+13), which has him tied for 18th overall, while freshman Michael Blodgett went a consistent 81-81--162 (+18) and is 28th. Right behind him, fifth among Penn's players and 29th overall, is Dean Merrill who carded an 82-82--164 (+20).
Brown's Larry Haertel leads the individual chase after carding a 74-70--144 (E) Saturday; he is two strokes ahead of Columbia's Chris Condello who shot 73-73--146 (+2). D.J. Hynes of Harvard is third (70-78--148, +4) and Princeton's Jason Gerken is fourth (78-72-150, +6).
Final-round action takes place tomorrow at Ballyowen.