PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s golf team continues the fall portion of its season this weekend, taking part in the 36-hole Quechee Club Invitational. The event is being hosted by Dartmouth College near its campus in Quechee, Vt.
Penn’s lineup this weekend will be quite a bit different than last week’s season-opening tournament at Cornell. Seniors Austin Powell and Ben Cooley will be the lone holdovers, joined this weekend by fellow senior Tomas Agrest, junior Patrick O’Leary, and sophomore Matt Kern. According to head coach Bob Heintz, that was always part of the plan.
“I was happy with the resiliency shown by our five players last week at Cornell, and they narrowly missed getting a win in our first event of the season,” said Heintz. “While it is tempting to put the same five guys on the course this week, we are sticking to our plan of rotating several players into the top 5 for week two. This will allow some guys to shore up their schoolwork and give others a chance to show me what they can do in competition. We are going with the ‘old guys’ this week as all three seniors will participate, along with the lone junior O'Leary and a sophomore. I'm optimistic that these five guys can carry forward the momentum of last week's finish.
“At Cornell I told the team they had a simple goal: Play well enough so that I can enjoy watching you play. They accomplished that goal quite easily, since I saw many solidly struck, pretty golf shots and quite a few putts holed. We'll try to set the same tone this week; heading north to watch the leaves change, enjoying the two fine courses we get to play, and playing well so that I can enjoy the golf. If these guys do all those things, they will perform well and give themselves an opportunity to win or finish strongly again.”