REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - Coming off an eighth-place finish Saturday at the Navy Fall Invitational, the Penn men's golf team recovered with two stellar rounds Monday to capture a tournament hosted by George Washington.
As a team, the Quakers shot 299-296--592 to defeat the Colonials by four strokes. GW, of course, was coached last year by Penn's new coach, Scott Allen.
Brown finished third (304-309--613), followed by George Washington's B team (308-307--615) and Lafayette (299-328--627). In all,ten teams competed.
"I was very proud of the guys today,” said Allen. “We had two freshmen in the lineup playing their first collegiate event, one playing his second, and three guys playing their third day of competitive golf out of the last four. They had every excuse to be tired or inexperienced, and they all hung in there. This experience of taking a first-round lead and holding it will come in handy if and when we are in the hunt at the Ivy Championships this spring.”
Individually, senior Michael Blodgett had another stellar day. He shot 1-under par 70-69--139 to easily win the individual title by six strokes over GW’s Cole Turner.
“Mike Blodgett is proving that he may be the top player in the Northeast and a player who deserves national recognition,” said Allen. “He has shot three straight rounds under par, and is a combined three under for the season so far.”
Freshman Scott Williams tied for sixth, shooting 74-77--151, while freshman Dillon Hakes also garnered a top-10 finish with 79-73--152. Senior Brett Rendina (76-77--153) and freshman Ben Cohen (81-80--161) also competed for the Quakers Monday.
Penn returns to action Sept. 27-28, competing in the Cornell Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y.
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