QUECHEE, Vt. - The University of Pennsylvania men's golf team brought some hardware home fromits long trip to Northern New England, as senior Austin Powell took medalist honors out of 61 golfers at the Quechee Club Invitational hosted by Dartmouth College.
Powell shot 1-under-par 71 on Saturday, then followed that up with a 3-under-par 69 on Sunday to finish the 36-hole tournament at 4-under-par 140. That was enough to beat Hartford's Paul Pastoreby two strokes.
"I couldn't be happier to see Austin Powell's hard work and commitment lead to a tournament victory this weekend," said Penn's head coach, Bob Heintz. "Both he and Ben Cooley had busy summers on the golf course preparing to play well in their senior year, so I felt they were both ready to break through.Apparently it was Austin's turn first, and it was well earned. He has been grinding recently to build confidence in his putting, and we put together a couple of key thoughts to keep his stroke tidy and confident. He also did a fantastic job keeping his swing in rhythm during both rounds. Austin has plenty of speed and distance, so I was pleased to see him play the two Quechee Club courses with patience and strategy rather than attempting to overpower them.He outplayed a solid field of golfers this week, and I hope both he and our team can draw confidence from his performance.
"Austin and Ben have stepped up nicely so far this fall, providing the team with a solid 1-2 tandem to build around. As I said, they've both shown signs of excellent golf, and I'm optimistic that their strong play will continue."
As a team, Penn finished sixth in the 11-team field with a two-round 599. Harvard took the team title, shooting a two-round 574 which was eight strokes ahead of second-place Hartford. Among the other Ivy programs in the field, Princeton was fifth (597), two strokes ahead of the Quakers, while Cornell was eighth (601), Dartmouth was ninth (610), and Brown was 10th (626).
Individually, Powell was bolstered by Cooley (74-75--149) and another senior,Tomas Agrest (75-76--151), who finished tied for 19th and tied for 28th, respectively. Patrick O'Leary (82-79--161) and Matt Kern (80-81--161) both tied for 53rd.
Penn will be back in action again next weekend, heading to Yale to participate in the Macdonald Cup.