Men's Golf Wins Title at Final Tuneup Before Ivies

Final Results (PDF)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The University of Pennsylvania men's golf team had the low team score on Sunday at the 21-team Navy Spring Invitational, and that allowed the Quakers to tie ACC power Virginia for the team title in the 36-hole event that was played this weekend at the US Naval Academy Golf Club.

In the ensuing playoff, at the par-4 eighth hole, Penn recorded four pars and a bogey while Virginia could only record three pars. That gave the Quakers the title outright.

It was a perfect way to give the Quakerssome momentum heading into next weekend's Ivy League Championships, where theywill look to defend their team title from a year ago. The 54-hole event starts Friday and runs through Sunday at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.

Penn shot 301 as a team on Sunday and ended the event at 31-over-par 599; the Cavaliers shot 305 on Sunday to end up at 599. Virginia Tech and Wake Forest tied for third, at 601.

"The guys faced difficult scoring conditions with cool temperatures and blustery winds, but we persevered against a strong field," said an elated head coach, Bob Heintz, afterward. "Despite struggling over our final few holes, we hung tough and managed the tie and then the win. It is a great way for us to enter the Ivy League Championships next weekend."

Individually, Ben Cooley was the revelation for Penn on Sunday. After shooting an 80 on Saturday -- he did not score for the Quakers -- the sophomore came back and had the fourth-best round in the 104-player field on Sunday, a 72. That put him at 152 for the event, which tied him for 20th overall with, among others, classmate Austin Powell (75-77).

Junior Max Marsico shot a 75 on Sunday and finished the event at 147, just five over par, which allowed him to tie for fith overall in the field. Senior Colin St. Maxens carded a 77 on Sunday, putting him at 151 for the weekend which tied him for 14th. Another senior, Geoff Locher, shot an 81 on Sunday and had 158 for the weekend which tied him for 57th overall.

Joe Gunerman (Towson) was the individual medalist; he shot 75-69--144 (+2) and defeated Evan Beck (Wake Forest) and Trevor Cone (Virginia Tech) by a stroke.

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