FLOURTOWN, Pa. - The University of Pennsylvania men's golf team struggled in blustery conditions Sunday afternoon, at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, and as a result finished 11th out of 14 teams at the Big5 Classic this weekend.
The University of Richmond and George Washington University tied for the team title, as both carded a two-round total of 592 (24-over par). However, the Spiders were declared the victors when their No. 5 golfer shot a 79 on Sunday, while GW's No. 5 golfer shot an 83.
Among the Big 5 schools, Villanova took top honors with a two-round 605 (37-over par). The Wildcats placed fifth overall, behind third-place Penn State (595/+27) and fourth-place Columbia (598/+30).
Penn started Sunday in sixth place, but only Derek Rogers was able to break 80 -- and he did that with a 79. On a day when only one player shot below the course's par of 71 (George Washington's Andrew Gallo carded a 68), that proved to be the Quakers' undoing.
Rogers finished the tournament with a two-round total of 73-79=152, allowing him to tie for 21st overall. Freshman Michael Blodgett was Penn's next finisher; he carded a 73-81=154 to tie for 29th overall. Sean Barrett tied for the 38th overall at 76-80=156, while Dean Merrill (78-80=158) and Nick Ryder (77-81=158) tied for 50th overall.
Villanova's Steve Arnold won medalist honors, carding 69-73=142 to win by a stroke over George Washington's Brian Carroll (70-73=143).
Written by Mike Mahoney, director of athletic communications