HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - University of Pennsylvania senior golfer Austin Powell sent a message that he figures to be at the top of his game in his final collegiate season.
Playing his first tournament of the spring season, Powell shot 72-69-69--210 (-6) to take individual medalist honors at the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular, hosted over the weekend by George Mason University. It was Powell's second tournament win this year, as he also won the Quechee (Vt.) Club Invitational in the fall.
"I couldn't be happier for Austin right now," said head coach Bob Heintz. "He has worked so hard on his golf game, his fitness, and his mental game. To watch him perform so well on a great old course against some nationally ranked players was a pleasure. As our captain, he and our other seniors (Ben Cooley and Tomas Agrest) have been setting a strong example for our younger players.
"Austin's victory came on the strength of some outstanding iron play and clutch putting. The El Campeon course requires accuracy and distance control, and Austin hit many of the best iron shots I witnessed this weekend. This win validates all of his work and dedication to his game, and it will provide him with an even greater level of confidence as we continue to compete this spring."
As a team, Penn finished eighth in the field of 18 teams. The Quakers carded 299-298-306--903 to finish 39 over par on the Mission Inn Resort's El Campeon Course. Virginia Tech easily won the team title, shooting 861 over the three rounds to defeat second-place East Carolina by 22 strokes. North Carolina State was third, at 888. The other Ivy League team in the field, Columbia, was 15th (939).
Freshman Amay Poria tied for 18th in the field of 103 golfers, shooting a final-round 76 to end the weekend at 223. The senior, Cooley, carded a 79 on Sunday to finish at 232, tying for 44th, while Patrick O'Leary shot an 83 on Sunday to finish at 240 for the weekend which tied him for 74th. The other player in Penn's lineup, Agrest, shot an 82 on Sunday to finish tied for 90th with a 247.
Three Penn players were also in the field as individuals. Matt Kern tied for 74th overall, shooting a 77 on Sunday to finish at 240; Colin Wang finished 89th after his Sunday 78 left him at 246 overall; and Sam Rosenberg was 93rd after his Sunday 85 left him at 248.
Penn returns to campus this week and will next be in action at the Towson Invitational the weekend of March 28-29.
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