Pipitone Advances to NCAA Championships

Final Results in PDF Format

TEMPE, Ariz. - Although the Penn men's golf team did not qualify for the NCAA Championships, the Quakers received good news as freshman Chance Pipitone was one of just two golfers to earn an individual berth into the national championship tournament.

Pipitone joined BYU's David Summerhays as the two individual qualifiers from the NCAA West Regional. The 10 teams to qualify for the NCAAs from the regional were South Carolina, UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Vanderbilt, Arizona, Stanford, New Mexico, Wake Forest and East Tennessee State.

Pipitone finished the tournament with a three-round score of 14-under par 202, firing a scintillating 65 Saturday to tie Summerhays for fifth overall and earn the individual berth. The NCAA Men's Golf Championships will take place May 30-June 2 on the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club Gold Course in Williamsburg, Va.

Pipitone's final-round 65 was bested by only one other player on the day -- Summerhays carded a 63 -- and matched by just two other players, bothfrom Vanderbilt (Jon Curran and Billy Whalen).

As a team, Penn finished in 23rd place out of 27 teams -- one spot ahead of its pre-tournament seeding -- after shooting its best round of the season with relation to par Saturday, a 4-under284. Overall, the Quakers finished at 1-over par for the tournament and were 19 shots ahead of the team in 24th place, San Diego State. Every other team ahead of Penn finished below par for the tournament.

Pipitone finished the tournament as the only Penn player with a red number. Nick Ryder was the Quakers' next low scorer, as he shot a final-round 70 and finished at 3-over-par 219. Dean Merrill carded a 73 Saturday and finished at 8-over-par for the tournament (224).

Michael Blodgett struggled Saturday, shooting 80; he ended the tournament at 9-over par (225). Senior captain Sean Barrett finished at 10-over par (226) after carding a 76 in his final round for the Red and Blue.

South Carolina was the team champion, overtaking UCLA on the final day and finishing at 44-under par overall. The Bruins finished at 42-under par, while USC and regional host Arizona State tied for third at 40-under par.

Individually, Benjamin Alvarado of host Arizona State took medalist honors, shooting 18-under par for the tournament. That put him three strokes ahead of three other players: UCLA's Kevin Chappell, Vanderbilt's Jon Curran, and USC's Jamie Lovemark. An incredible 80 players (out of 140) finished the tournament with a red number.

Download: NCAA Day 3 (final).pdf