GALLOWAY, N.J. - Junior Michael Blodgett finished his season in style, carding a 76 in the third and final round of play to finish first and earn medalist honors at the Ivy League Championships men’s golf tournament.
As a team, the Quakers finished 16 strokes behind first-place Columbia’s score of 900 to place third with a total of 916 over the three rounds. Yale was second with 909.
Blodgett was tied for first place with Larry Haertel of Brown after the first day of play, as he shot a 75 in Round 1 and a 67 in Round 2. However, he pulled away in the third round with a 76 to Haertel’s 79, finishing five over par overall (218) and securing top honors. In the process, Blodgett became the first Penn player to earn medalist honors at the 34-year-old event.
“This win was culmination of a really good spring season and I peaked at the right time,” said Blodgett. “To be the first Penn player to win the individual championship is a tremendous honor. To be considered with those that came before me is very special and although this is an individual award, I feel that it is a truly team effort. My teammates were fantastic this weekend and all of the credit goes to my coaches and teammates for preparing me.”
Blodgett’s second-round 67 on Saturday tied a course record that was set earlier in the day by Haertel; prior to that, the old course record was held by three-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin.
This performance caps off a very successful season for Blodgett in which he was the Quakers’ top finisher in six out of eight tournaments.
Senior Michael Kornheiser shot a 79 in the third round, tying for 11th place overall with a 230 over the weekend in his final tournament for Penn. His classmate, senior captain Dean Merrill, carded a 236 for the Quakers to finish in a tie for 25th.
Freshman Kevin Huntington shot a 239 over the three rounds in his Ivy League Championships debut, good for a 28th-place tie. Junior Brett Rendina carded a 239 for the Quakers to finish 30th.