Men's Golf to Play at Navy Invite This Weekend

U.S. Naval Academy Golf Club information

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s golf team plays its final tournament before next weekend’s Ivy League Championships this Saturday and Sunday, participating in the annual Navy Spring Invitational.

This is 34th year of the Navy Spring Invitational which has featured 19 different winners. This year's field includes 21 teams, three of which are Navy teams. In addition to Penn -- the only Ivy League team in the field -- and the three Navy units, the field includes Bucknell, Colgate, Delaware, Emory, George Washington, Hartford, Lafayette, Lehigh, LIU-Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary's, Saint Francis (Pa.), Saint Joseph's, Siena, Towson, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. The teams will play 36 holes on Saturday, and a final 18 on Sunday.

The two-day, 36-hole event is being played at the Naval Academy Golf Club. The 18-hole course features 6,611 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 71.7 and it has a slope rating of 128.

Penn will change its lineup slightly for this weekend, as senior Geoff Locher replaces captain P.J. Fielding. The other four remain the same: senior Colin St. Maxens; junior Max Marsico; and sophomores Ben Cooley and Austin Powell.

“P.J. is working through a nagging left shoulder injury, so we’ve decided it would be best if he rest this week and try to be closer to 100 percent for the Ivy Championships next week,” said head coach Bob Heintz. “Locher will take his place in the lineup, another departing senior getting his last chance to compete for the Quakers before he takes a position with Teach For America after graduation.

“Navy will be our last opportunity to use competition to prepare for our Ivy Championship defense, so the guys are working very hard this week to clean up any sloppy parts of their games,” said Coach Heintz. “As a team at Princeton, we suffered too many 3-putts and missed up-and-down opportunities, so the focus going into Navy and Ivies will be on short game and putting. Having tasted success in previous visits to Annapolis, we are excited to return and test ourselves against a quality field of opponents possibly teams like Wake Forest, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.”