Penn State Men's Golf Team Named Golfweek's Team of the Week
Oct. 8, 2007
University Park, Pa. - In what has been a season of firsts, the Nittany Lion golf team was named Golfweek's Team of the Week for the first time in team history.
"Based on our play during the first three tournaments, it's quite an honor for our program," said head coach Greg Nye said. "We've played very consistent golf."
Following its second-place finish at the season-opening Hartford Hawks Invitational, Penn State - ranked No. 6 in the nation by Golfstat and No. 18 by the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings - has won two consecutive tournaments.
The Nittany Lions overcame a 13-shot deficit to win the Wolf Run Intercollegiate in late September. Penn State posted the best team score of the 15-team field in both the second and third rounds, shooting rounds of 292-284-286 (862, +10).
Redshirt freshman T.J. Howe (Osceola, Pa.) shot even-par 71 for the three consecutive rounds and finished in third place. Howe tallied 12 birdies and 12 bogies on his way to his first career top-5 finish.
At the VCU Shootout, Penn State recorded the fourth best 54-hole team total in school history at 845. The Nittany Lions posted scores of 282-279-283 to win its second-straight tournament.
Sophomore Kevin Foley (Somerville, N.J.) earned medalist honors for the first time in his collegiate career, winning the tournament at 15-under par.
Foley, last year's Big Ten Freshman of the Year, shot rounds of 65-68-68. His first round score of 65 was the lowest of his collegiate career and tied for second place as the lowest round in Penn State history.
His three-round total of 201 was also the second best in Penn State history, four shots behind Jim Fuller's 197 in 2002.
The Nittany Lions were named an honorable mention as Golfweek's Team of the Week in April 2007, following their win at the Marshall Invitational.