Point Park Men's Golf wins third KIAC Tournament in a row, qualifies for NAIAs
April 25, 2015 at 11:00 p.m. ET
LIBERTY, Ind. -- Point Park University men's golf made it three KIAC Tournament championships in a row when it finished off the conference title with Saturday's final round at Liberty Country Club in Liberty, Ind.
The Pioneers posted a team score of 308 in Saturday's final round to build on their 36-hole lead. Point Park won the tournament by 15 strokes over Brescia (Ky.), which trailed by 12 after the first two rounds and shot 311 over the final 18 holes.
With the win, Point Park qualifies for the NAIA National Championship May 19-22 in Daytona Beach, Fla. It is the third-straight trip to the national tournament for the Pioneers. Point Park has won four straight conference tournaments dating back to the 2012 AMC championship.
This year's conference championship was clinched with some newcomers playing big roles on the final day. Junior Diego Ortiz, a transfer from Brevard College and a native of Mexico City, shot a final-round 72 to finish in second place individually. The 2-over 72 was tied for the best round of the tournament and put Ortiz just four shots back of conference medalist Will McKenzie of Brescia.
Freshman Max Kaminsky, a former WPIAL champion at Serra Catholic, placed third individually with a strong final round of 74. Ortiz and Kaminsky came up big to not only maintain Point Park's lead but also increase it.
Seniors Collin Holmes and Eric Poplowski shot 82 and 80, respectively, in the final round and tied for sixth place individually. Senior Ben Kennedy rounded on the Point Park competitors with an 86, and he provided the highlight of the day -- a hole in one on the par-3 15th hole.
Point Park's four players in the Top 10 -- Ortiz (2nd), Kaminsky (3rd), Holmes (T6th) and Poplowski (T6th) -- all earned a spot on the All-KIAC Team. Pioneers coach Gabe Bubon, in his sixth year, was named KIAC Coach of the Year.
Point Park led by 12 shots after the first 18 holes played on Friday. Holmes led the way in the first round with a 74, and he followed that up with a 76 in the second round to lay claim to second place after 36 holes.
The Pioneers maintained their lead of 12 strokes after round two with Ortiz firing a strong 74 and Poplowski coming in at 75. Kaminsky was solid on day one with two rounds of 77 before turning in his 74 in the final round.
For the complete team leaderboard click the result link above. For more information on the NAIA Men's Golf National Championship May 19-22 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., click here.
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