After a record-breaking performance last weekend, Penn men’s golf continued to excel at the Yale Spring Invitational on Saturday.
With a score of 717, the team placed third out of 12 teams in a tournament that featured two rounds and 36 holes. Yale, the host of the event and the winner of last week’s Princeton Invitational, took first place again with a score of 711, while Bucknell placed second, narrowly edging out the Quakers at 716.
Last weekend, the Quakers broke a few school records at the Princeton Invitational and took home second place. In the first round on Saturday, the team showed no signs of slowing down. Senior Josh Goldenberg posted a 66, the best single-round individual performance in the entire tournament. Fellow senior Zareh Kaloustian and sophomore Mitchell Cornell also shot under par. The three of them led the Red and Blue to a second-place finish in round one.
The Quakers’ performance in round two was not quite as impressive, but the team still had a solid showing with a score of 362. All six competing Quakers shot between 70 and 74, and this consistency ensured that the team would have a solid overall performance. As Saturday’s competition concluded, the Quakers found themselves in third place while Goldenberg, at six-under-par for the tournament, found himself tied for second individually.
Yale, which might be Penn’s toughest competition this year in the Ivy League, was not in the lead after round one, but the Bulldogs found a rhythm in the second round and came back from tied for fourth place to win the tournament. Three of Yale’s six players had top-10 individual finishes, and the team has now won two events in a row.
These tournaments, however, are less important than the next one. Penn will have another chance to beat Yale at the Ivy League Championships next weekend. That tournament has been the focal point for the Ancient Eight teams all season long, and they will all have a chance at the League title in the three-round event.
The Red and Blue have had three preparatory tournaments in the spring season. After solid performances, the team is poised to be a serious contender in the Ivy League Championships. The Quakers will need to get pass a talented Yale team to win it all, while Columbia, Princeton, and Harvard may also challenge for the title.
The Ivy League Championships will take place at the Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. from next Friday to Saturday.
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