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Students Create Penn State Golf ‘Pin Patrol’ Fans Section

Watch out Nittanyville. There’s a new student section in town.

Meet “Pin Patrol”: the new (un)official supporters group for Penn State’s men’s and women’s golf teams. Created by juniors Matt Specht, Mitchell Blum, and Ryan Glenn, the group will be in attendance for the women’s tournament this Sunday.

“We were just joking about it, saying it would be funny to go out there and heckle the opposing team,” Blum said. “Then we sorta said, ‘Hmm, maybe we should do this. They don’t get support from anyone…Let’s go. Why not?'”

Not everyone in the group is an avid fan of golf. Hell, some of them don’t know the sport at all. However, they all “know how to have a good time” and enjoy distracting Penn State’s opposition.

“I’m sure that not many college golfers have seen students come out for golf and heckle them. Hopefully, they will be rattled,” Blum said.

Blum, Specht, Glenn, and others came up with the name at a soccer match, where they all hold positions within the Park Avenue Army. Coming up with a name for a golf team student section wasn’t easy work, they said.

“The other [name] we were thinking of was the ‘Put Puts,’ but that was too childish,” Blum said.

Penn State women’s golf will host a two-day invitational this weekend. However, due to Penn State football’s season-opening clash with Wisconsin on Saturday, the Pin Patrol will skip the opening round and wait for the final showdown on Sunday.

They plan on following the highest-ranked Nittany Lion, based on Saturday’s results, throughout the course. Pin Patrol is going to heckle the opposition, although they recognize that it is still golf, and will let them shoot in silence.

Along with heckling the opposition as they walk between holes, Pin Patrol members plan on singing “Do Watcha Wanna” — in classic Roar Zone fashion — at the ninth hole. They also plan on making an unreasonable number of “Happy Gilmore” references throughout the day.

Most of all, they want to show some love to Penn State athletes that often go underappreciated.

“They work just as hard as the football or hockey players,” Blum said. “We are trying to support these student-athletes and give them the recognition they deserve.”

If you’re not too hungover from the first football weekend of the year, head to the first hole of the White Course around 10 a.m. Sunday to link up with the Pin Patrol crew!

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Otis Lyons

Otis is a sophomore majoring in print journalism and is one of Onward State's associate editors. He lives just north of San Francisco, and is a diehard San Jose Earthquakes fan. Feel free to send over your soccer hot takes to his twitter @otisnlyons1 and instagram @otislyons

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