Men's Golf to Tee It Up at Caves Valley

Caves Valley Golf Club information

PHILADELPHIA - With just one week left before the Ivy League Championships, the Penn men’s golf team takes to the links one more time in tournament action this weekend. The Quakers will be playing the Caves Valley Spring Intercollegiate in Owings Mills, Md., which will host 18 holes Saturday and 18 more on Sunday.

The tournament host is Yale. The field boasts eight teams, six from the Ivies (Brown, Cornell, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Yale) and two non-Ivies (Bucknell, George Washington).

Penn is coming off a third-place finish at last weekend’s Princeton Invitational, which was shortened from 54 holes to 36 due to bad weather on Saturday. The Quakers were second among six Ivy schools at the event, behind only Yale.

With senior captain Mike Blodgett still recovering from an injury that has kept him out all spring, senior Brett Rendina has established himself as a regular in Penn’s lineup thus far, finishing as the Quakers’ low scorer in two tournaments and second in the third. Another player you can probably pencil into the lineup for the Ivy Championships is Scotty Williams, who has been third, second and first, respectively, among Penn players this spring. Last weekend he was the Quakers’ low scorer, carding 76-75--151 to tie for 11th overall at Princeton.

After Rendina and Williams, there is a serious battle to fill out the rest of the lineup. Sophomore Kevin Huntington has averaged 77.4 strokes in five rounds this spring, while Dillon Hakes has a 77.6 average and Bryant Williams has a 77.8 average. Yet another player, Sam Williams, has gone 77-76 in his last two tournament rounds.

Next weekend, the Quakers will join their seven conference brethren at the Ivy League Championships, a 54-hole event which will take place April 24-26 in Atlantic City, N.J.