BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s golf team had a solid performance in Friday’s first round at the Ivy League Championships, as senior Austin Powell holds the individual lead and the team is tied for second. The 54-hole event started today and runs through Sunday on the Saucon Valley Country Club’s par-72 Grace Course.
Penn shot 307 as a team and is tied with Columbia behind first-place Princeton, which carded 301 on Friday. Dartmouth and Yale are tied for fourth, both with 311, while Harvard is sixth (313). Brown (319) and Cornell (321) are seventh and eighth, respectively.
Powell was the only player to shoot even par on Friday -- from either the men's OR the women's championship fields -- and his 72 puts him one shot ahead of Princeton’s Michael Davis and two ahead of Yale’s Will Davenport. There are 40 golfers in the men's field overall.
Freshman Amay Poria carded a 76 on Friday and is tied for eighth overall, while sophomore Dane Walton shot a 79 and is tied for 21st. Senior Ben Cooley also scored for Penn on Friday with an 80, and is tied for 26th. The fifth player in Penn’s lineup was junior Patrick O'Leary (82).
Penn will play with Dartmouth, Columbia and Princeton tomorrow with O'Leary teeing off at 10:50 a.m.; Cooley at 11:02 a.m.; Walton at 11:14 a.m.; Poria at 11:26 a.m.; and Powell at 11:38 a.m. All eight men's teams will once again start on the No. 10 tee Saturday morning.