PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League men’s golf spring season is heating up as the teams work towards the championship portion of the schedule. Six of the eight Ivy League teams have played competitively in 2012, led by Penn, who has already turned in first and second-place finishes this spring.
Following a spring break trip to California, the Quakers placed first out of 12 teams at the George Washington Invitational, which concluded on March 17. Penn turned in an impressive performance in which it beat second-place Boston College by 15 strokes. Quaker sophomore Max Marsico took home medalist honors at the event by shooting a four-under par 212. After back-to-back-to-back 72’s, senior Scotty Williams tied for second. Penn then finished second out of 15 teams it its 36-hole Quaker Invitational, which was played on April 2 at Trump National Philadelphia. Freshman Austin Powell took placed first in the 85-player field after carding a five-over par 147. Princeton returned to competition by also playing in the Quaker Invitational and finished third. Junior Bernie D'Amato led the Tigers with a 10th-place finish (83-72--155).
Columbia has also had a busy start to its spring season, having taken part in the USF Triumph at Pauma Valley (March 12-13) and the UALR First Tee Collegiate Classic (March 26-27). The Lions finished sixth of 11 teams at USF’s event and then 11th of 16 teams at UALR’s event. To lead the Lions, junior Michael Yiu tied for 15th (72-78-76--226) at the USF Triumph at Pauma Valley and sophomore Andrew Kim then tied for 15th at the First Tee Collegiate (76-73-76--225).
Following a spring break trip, Cornell dropped a match to Harvard, 7-1, on March 18 before finishing 18th at the Fireline Towson Invitational, which was contested in Prospect Bay, Md., between March 30 and April 1. The Big Red's top finisher was Sophomore Carl Schimenti, who placed 39th. Harvard’s only action of 2012 was the win over Cornell at the Medalist Golf Club, which concluded the Crimson’s spring break trip to Florida.
Brown opened 2012 play with a match versus Arizona on March 24 at the Golf Club at Vistoso in Oro Valley, Ariz. The Bears fell to the 52nd-ranked Wildcats by a 313-311 margin. Freshman Justin Miller led the Bears by shooting a one-over par 73.
Dartmouth and Yale each open their spring schedules at this weekend’s Yale Spring Opener. Ivy foes Brown and Harvard will also participate in that two-day event (April 7-8) in New Haven, Conn. On April 14 and 15, all eight squads will play a de facto Ivy Championship preview at Princeton’s Springdale Golf Course. The following weekend, the Ivy teams will be divided between the Century Intercollegiate in Purchase, N.Y. and the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md., before meeting again on April 27-29 to vie for the 2012 Ivy League Championship at the Galloway National Golf Course in Galloway, N.J.