BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- It came down to the final hole, but Penn was able to complete a surging-comeback to take the 2015 Ivy League Men’s Golf Championship by one stroke.
The Quakers as a team shot a one-under 287 on the final day at Saucon Valley Country Club, making up five strokes from Princeton for the win. Senior Austin Powell was in the final group and completed the comeback by birdieing four of the six final holes. Individually he carded a five-under 67, tied for the lowest on the day, and finished second overall.
Fellow senior Ben Cooley had his second-straight tremendous day and birdied four on the back nine to ignite the final surge for Penn. Cooley finished even on the day and was fourth overall, good enough to be first-team All-Ivy.
Penn’s win was only the third one-stroke victory in championship history, with the last one in 2009 when Columbia edged the Quakers. Penn is also the first team to ever win the championship following a last-place finish the year prior.
With the win, Penn will get the automatic bid to the NCAA Golf Championship.
The individual champion went to Princeton sophomore Quinn Prchal, who tied an Ivy championship record with a three-round score of 210 (Creighton Page, Princeton, 2005). Prchal was brilliant the final two days, shooting a 68 on day two and a 67 on day three. The sophomore carded eight birdies on the day and kept the Tigers ahead five-under front nine.
Player, Rookie and Coach of the Year awards, as well as All-Ivy, will be announced Tuesday.
1. Penn, 307-291-287--885 (+21)
2. Princeton, 301-293-292--886 (+22)
3. Harvard, 313-295-292--900 (+36)
4. Columbia, 307-298-297--902 (+38)
5. Yale, 311-301-303--915 (+51)
6. Dartmouth, 311-306-304--921 (+57)
7. Cornell, 321-306-302--929 (+65)
8. Brown, 319-317-299--935 (+71)