Pipitone Ready to Tee It Up at NCAAs

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PHILADELPHIA - Penn freshman Chance Pipitone will tee it up Wednesday morning as he guns for the NCAA individual title in men's golf.

The NCAA Men's Golf Championships feature 30 teams and six individuals for a total of 156 golfers. Theyare scheduled toplay a total of four rounds, one each day beginning Wednesday and continuing through Saturday. However, there will be a cut after Friday's round, leaving only the top 15 teams and the top six individuals not on those teams to play Saturday.

This year's national championship tournament is taking place at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va. The coursewas designed by noted golf architectRobert Trent Jones -- he labeled the course his"finest design" --and runs 6,803 yardswith a slope rating of 138. Normally a par-71 course, it will play at par-70 for the Championships.

Pipitone is scheduled to tee off Wednesday morning at 8:55 a.m.from the 10th tee; on Thursday, he will tee off from No. 1 at 2:05 p.m. The freshman is slated to play with Tim Streng of Western Illinois and Zach Sucher of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB).

Pipitone advanced to this weekend's national championship tournament by finishing as one of the top two individuals among non-advancing teamsout ofthe NCAA West Regional two weeks ago; he carded 67-70-65--202 to tie for fifth overall. Before that, Pipitone was runner-up at the Ivy League Championships in April, which Penn won for the first time since 1998.

Pipitone is believed to be just the second Penn player to qualify for the NCAA Men's Golf Championships national tournament as an individual, after Don Norbury in both 1959 and 1960. According to NCAA records, Norbury also played on one of three Penn teams to qualify for nationals, in 1958 (t-24th of 34); the others were in 1947 (26th of 39) and 1965 (t-24th of 33).