Heintz, a former Tour player, takes Penn position

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Bob Heintz was a three-time Ivy League champion at Yale before becoming a PGA Tour player. Now he’s headed to another Ivy school, Penn, to begin his college coaching career.

Heintz, 42, was named the head coach at the University of Pennsylvania on Sept. 6. Heintz is a 1992 graduate of Yale. He won twice on the Web.com Tour and played six seasons on the PGA Tour, most recently in 2010. His best career finish came at the 2010 Reno-Tahoe Open, where he was runner-up. His PGA Tour career earnings exceeded $2.2 million, with six top-10 and 15 top-25 finishes in 155 events during his career.

“We have a solid core of players returning, and I can’t wait to get them started in representing the university,” Heintz said in a statement. “I am grateful to (director of athletics) Steve Bilsky and the athletic department at Penn for giving me the opportunity to coach these fine student-athletes and be a part of the Penn community.”

Heintz is one of just two players in the 38-year history of the Ivy League Championships to win the individual title three times, taking medalist honors three straight years from 1990-92.

Penn won last season’s Ivy League Championship, defeating Dartmouth on the third playoff hole. The Quakers return four of the five players who played at the league championship and NCAA regional, including 2012 first-team All-Ivy honoree P.J. Fielding, 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Colin St. Maxens, and two-time Ping All-Region selection Max Marsico.

Penn, No. 174 in last season’s Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, opens its season Sept. 17 at the Adams Cup of Newport in Rhode Island.

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