PRINCETON, N.J. - The University of Pennsylvania men's golf team is tied with Columbia for first place at the Princeton Invitational through one day of action. As a team, the Quakers shot a 20-over par 304 on the par-71 Springdale Golf Club; they and the Lions are two shots ahead of Villanova, George Mason and Princeton. A total of 14 teams are competing in the event.
The Princeton Invitational has been shortened from 54 holes to 36 due to inclement weather. The teams played 18 holes Saturday instead of the scheduled 36. They will come back out Sunday morning, beginning at 8:15 a.m., and play 18 more to determine the championship.
Penn has two golfers in the Top 10 after one day, Dean Merrill (3rd at 1-over par 72) and Michael Blodgett (t-7th at 4-over par 75). Sean Barrett is tied for 27th after shooting a 78, Nick Ryder is right behind him and tied for 39th after carding 79, and Derek Rogers rounds out the Quakers' quintet -- he is tied for 66th after firing an 83.
Keegan Bradley of St. John's leads the individual chase after carding a 2-under par 69. Columbia's Chris Condello is one stroke behind him.
Penn players Bill McCrossan (80/t-44th) and Michael Kornheiser (87/t-73rd) are competing as individuals in the event.