BETHANY BEACH, Del. - The University of Pennsylvania men's golf team defeated 24 other teams to win the George Washington Invitational this weekend. The event was held at the par-72 Bear Trap Dunes GC in Bethany Beach, Del.
The win is the second this year for the Quakers. During the fall season, they took first place at the Macdonald Cup hosted by Yale, becoming the first Ivy League team to win the prestigious fall event.
Penn finished the two-day event with 292-300--592 (+16) to defeat the University of Delaware by a stroke. Villanova was third in the event, carding 297-299--596.
"This is another great boost for our program," said second-year head coach Rob Powelson. "We got great senior leadership from our captain, Derek Rogers, and upperclass leadership from our other captain, Sean Barrett. We also got a huge boost from freshman Michael Blodgett, and a lot of little things paid off. When you win by a stroke, obviously every shot counts.
"I felt like the final five holes decided our fate," he continued. "If we shot anything over 300, we were not going to win. Fortunately, we closed very well. All five guys knew where we stood the entire time, and their competitive juices took over. It was a great win for us."
Rogers and Barrett tied as Penn's top finishers overall; the senior captain carded 72-75--147 (+3), while the junior captainreversed him and went 75-72--147(+3) as they tied four other golfers foreighth place.
Blodgett had a huge comeback on the weekend -- after carding a 79 on Saturday, the freshman recovered and fired an even-par 72 Sunday to finish with a two-round 151 (+7) which tied him for 27th overall. Dean Merrill (73-81--154) and Nick Ryder (72-82--154) tied for 48th overall, as a total of 132 golfers completed the two-day event.
Kyle Morris of Seton Hall took medalist honors for the weekend, firing a two-round 68-72--140 (-4) to defeatGW's Brian Carroll by three strokes. Thetwo golferswere the only ones in the field to break par for the weekend.
Penn is next in action April 8-9 when the Quakers take part in the Princeton Invitational.