PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's golf team tied for second at the Navy Fall Invitational, which took place this weekend in Annapolis. The Quakers shot a two-day total of 292-286--578 (+10)to tie with Winthrop, two strokes behind champion Loyola (Md.) which shot 290-286--576 (+8).
A total of 18 teams took part in the event. Navy fielded three teams in its own event, and its first team finished fourth overall, one stroke behind Penn and Winthrop. St. Bonaventure was fifth at 583 (+15), and Towson was sixth at 584 (+16).
Penn was led by sophomore Michael Blodgett, who carded an even-par 71 on Saturday and then came back to shoot 73 on Sunday for a 2-over par score of 144. That allowed him to tie with three other players for seventh place.
Dean Merrill and freshman Chance Pipitone were among eight players who tied for 11th overall 3-over par 145. Merrill shot a 74 Saturday but came with an even-par 71 Sunday, while Pipitone vastly improved, from 76 Saturday to a 2-under par 69 Sunday which tied for the best round on the day.
Sean Barrett was one stroke behind Merrill and Pipitone; he fired a pair of 73s to finish at 4-over par 146. Nick Ryder completed Penn's scoring, shooting 74 Saturday and then 75 Sunday for a 7-over par 149.
Eric Johnson of North Dakota State (67-61--138, 4-under par)and Loyola's Blake Ferguson (69-69--138, 4-under par) tied for first place, and then Johnson won the playoff to take medalist honors.
Penn is back in action Sept. 22-23, taking part in The McLaughlin at the famous Bethpage courses. The event is being hosted by St. John's University.