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Point Park men T6th of 12 on crowded leaderboard after Rd 1 at Clarion tourney

Sept. 8, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. ET

Chris Bowen (right) shot a 73 Sunday for the Pioneers and coach Gabe Bubon (left). Photo by Lori Holmes.


CLARION, Pa. -- The Point Park University men's golf team is tied for sixth of 12 teams after the first round of the Hal Hansen Tournament hosted by Clarion on Sunday at Clarion Oaks Golf Club.

The Pioneers shot 302 to put themselves right in the middle of a crowded leaderboard. Nine teams shot between 300 and 303, and everyone is trailing first-round leader IUP, which shot 290. The final round is 18 holes on Monday.

After IUP, California (Pa.) and Carnegie Mellon are tied for second at 300. Clarion and Mercyhurst are next at 301 followed by Point Park and West Chester at 302. The tournament field of 12 teams includes 10 from NCAA Division II, Point Park from NAIA and CMU from NCAA Division III.

Chris Bowen, a senior from Bethel Park, Pa., led Point Park with a 73 on Sunday. Junior Collin Holmes, from Avon Lake, Ohio, fired a 74. Newcomers Kevin Loutsenhizer (77) and Eric Poplowski (78) were next, and senior James Daley came in with an 83 to round out the team scoring. Junior Michael Popovec is playing as an individual and shot 82.

Point Park is opening its fall schedule this weekend at Clarion. The Pioneers have won back-to-back conference championships and went to their first-ever NAIA national tournament last spring. They have three returning players from that NAIA tourney -- Bowen, Holmes and Daley.

The Pioneers have restocked the roster with some talented newcomers including the two who are playing this weekend. Poplowski, a junior, was a junior college All-American at CCAC-Allegheny, and Loutsenhizer, also a junior, was the top player at La Roche the last two years and was the 2011-12 AMCC Player of the Year.

Check back Monday for final results for the tournament. Follow the Pioneers on Twitter @PointParkSports for results as they become available.

First Round (at Clarion Oaks GC
1.IUP  290
T2.California (Pa.)  300
T2. Carnegie Mellon  300
T4. Clarion  301
T4. Mercyhurst  301
T6. Point Park  302
T6. West Chester  302
T8. Gannon  303
T8. Millersville  303
T8. Clarion B  303
11. Shepherd 314
12. Pitt-Johnstown  326

Chris Bowen 73
Collin Holmes 74
Kevin Loutsenhizer 77
Eric Poplowski 78
James Daley 83
Individual: Michael Popovec 82