PHILADELPHIA - It has been a youth movement for the Penn women’s golf team in 2006-07, and the biggest test for this team comes now that classes are done for the year at the University.
The Quakers will participate in the Ivy League Championships this weekend, which will take place at the Trenton Golf Club in West Trenton, N.J. The 54-hole tournament will begin Saturday at both sites, starting at 7:30 a.m. for first-round action and 12:30 p.m. for second-round play. Sunday’s play will begin at 8 a.m.
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Penn -- which has never won the title here -- has been looking for consistency all season, and hopes to put it all together this weekend. The Quakers have been led most of the year by a pair of freshmen, and the return of junior Meg Bender -- an All-Ivy golfer a year ago -- Penn may have the players in place to make some noise.
Bender missed the fall portion of the season while studying abroad, but has come back and competed in three tournaments this spring. She has been in the No. 2 and 3 spot for Penn in those events, with a stroke average of 81.3 and a low round of 78.
Freshmen Meredith Kotowski and Lisette Vitter have been the ones making the headlines for this team to date. Kotowski, in particular, has been very strong recently -- she carded 77-74--151 at the Hoya Invitational a few weeks ago to finish second overall and first among Penn players. She has been No. 1 or 2 for the Quakers in every tournament this season. And when Kotowski hasn’t been No. 1, that spot has been filled by Vitter, who has been Penn’s top finisher four times and put together three top-10 finishes overall. Vitter has a 77.8 stroke average and a low round of 71 this year, while Kotowski has a 79.6 stroke average and a low round of 74.
Senior Stephanie Stamas has consistently filled Penn’s fourth spot this spring, and will look to give help from that spot again this weekend. The senior has an 85.8 stroke average and a low round of 78.