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Point Park leads KIAC Men's Golf Tournament by 12 shots after 36 holes

April 24, 2015 at 11:45 p.m. ET

Senior Collin Holmes is in 2nd place, three shots off the lead after 36 holes. Photo by Chris Squier.


LIBERTY, Ind. -- Point Park University built a 12-shot lead after 36 holes on the first day of the KIAC Men's Golf Tournament held Friday at Liberty Country Club in Liberty, Ind. There are 18 more holes left to play in the 54-hole event, and final-round action begins Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. The event is being hosted by Indiana East.

Point Park is seeking its third straight KIAC Tournament title and its fourth conference championship in a row. The Pioneers carded team scores of 305 and 302 over the first two rounds on Friday. The 36-hole total of 607 is 12 shots clear of second-place Brescia (317-302--619) and 23 shots ahead of third-place IU East (319-311--630).

Point Park has four individual players in the Top 10 of the leaderboard after day one. Senior Collin Holmes is in second place with rounds of 74 and 76 for a 10-over par score of 150. He is three shots back of individual leader Will McKenzie (73-74), the No. 5 player for Brescia.

Also in the Top 10 for Point Park are junior Diego Ortiz (3rd) with rounds of 77 and 74 for 11-over, senior Eric Poplowski (T-5th) with rounds of 77 and 75 for 12-over and freshman Max Kaminsky (T-7th) with rounds of 77 and 77 for 14-over. Senior Ben Kennedy is the fifth Pioneers competitor and is 25th with rounds of 87 and 81.

Point Park's team scorecard has four players in the 70s in both rounds. The only other team to do that even once was Brescia in the second round, which helped the Bearcats rebound from their 317 in the first round to shoot 302 in the second round.

Point Park had the same 12-shot lead over Brescia after 18 holes. The Bearcats had McKenzie as their only player to break 80 to fall in a hole. But even though Brescia regrouped to knock 17 strokes off its score in round two, Point Park kept steady and maintained the lead of a dozen strokes with another solid round.

Point Park will be paired with Brescia and IU East players in the final round as the top three and bottom three teams in the standings are paired together. Point Park's groupings will go off of hole No. 1 while the Asbury, Cincinnati Christian and Alice Lloyd pairings will start on No. 10.

The KIAC Tournament champion will receive the conference's automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship May 19-22 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Pioneers have reached the national tournament each of the last two years as KIAC champions.

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