Final Results (PDF)
FLOURTOWN, Pa. - The Penn men's golf team followed up a pedestrian Saturday with a spectacular Sunday at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, and as a result the Quakers finished in a tie for fourth place out of 17 teams at the 36-hole weekend event. The teams played on the Cricket Club's Wissahickon course.
The Quakers shot a 309 on Saturday and were in 13th place, but recovered Sunday to shoot 291 -- just behind Campbell's 290 -- and tied Binghamton with a two-round total of 600. The Camels won the event (297-290--587) ahead of Richmond (293-298--591) and Yale (297-297--594).
Among the Big 5 schools, Penn easily outdistanced its city compatriots to win its fourth Big 5 title in the eight-year history of this event. Villanova was ninth overall (613), Temple tied for 13th (616), Drexel was 15th (620), Saint Joseph's placed 16th (628), and La Salle was a distant 17th (705). Among Ivy schools, Harvard finished sixth behind Penn(601), Cornell was eighth (609), and Princeton tied Temple at 13th.
"We had a very impressive Sunday, and it gave our guys a lot of confidence going into next weekend's Ivy League event," said head coach Scott Allen.
Individually, the story for Penn was freshman Colin St. Maxens whose fortunes seemed to match those of the team. After firing an 82 on Saturday -- Penn's worst round of the day -- he came back to shoot a 65 that tied a school record (set in 2007 by Chance Pipitone), was the lowest of the tournament bytwo strokes, and was Sunday's lowest round by six strokes. Overall, St. Maxens' 147 allowed him to move up from 74th place into a tie for seventh overall.
From Penn's lineup, Pipitone tied for 21st overall (75-75--150); Scotty Williams tied for 27th (77-74--151); Kevin Huntington tied for 46th (77-78--155); and Bryant Williams tied for 59th (80-77--157). The Quakers also had freshman Philip Winter in the field, playing as an individual, and he actually had the team's second-best tournament with a 76-74--149 that tied him for 16th overall.
"Colin was the key to our comeback," said Allen. "His Sunday round was two shots shy of the course record in addition to tying the school record. He had a great day, and made a great recovery from Saturday."
Campbell's Zak Drescher had the only other sub-70 round in the tournament, and combined his first-round 67 with a second-round 73 to shoot 140 and defeat Mark Ballo of St. John's by three strokes. A total of 89golfers finished the event
Penn returns to action next weekend with the Ivy League Match Play Championship, which will be hosted by Princeton and played in Mattapoisett, Mass.
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