Point Park Men's Golf repeats as KIAC Tournament champions in 2014
April 23, 2014
Point Park University -- 2014 KIAC Men's Golf Tournament champions (L to R): Steve Veydt (All-Tournament Team), Collin Holmes, Head Coach Gabe Bubon, Chris Bowen, Eric Poplowski (KIAC Newcomer of the Year) and James Daley.
RICHMOND, Ky. -- The Point Park University men's golf team has repeated as KIAC Men's Golf Tournament champions after shooting 304 in the final round of the 2014 tourney on Wednesday at Gibson Bay Golf Course in Richmond, Ky.
The Pioneers won by nine shots over Brescia (Ky.) and the rest of the schools in the seven-team field. Point Park gets the KIAC's automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament May 13-16 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. It is the second year in a row that the Pioneers have qualified for nationals as KIAC champions.
Point Park took a 36-hole lead of nine shot after Day 1 of the tournament on Tuesday. The Pioneers maintained their nine-shot lead in the final 18 holes as second-place Brescia (Ky.) also shot 304 in the final round. Point Park had a 54-hole total of 902 followed by Brescia (911), Asbury (Ky.) (929) and IU East (953) as the top finishers.
Point Park senior Steve Veydt, from Cecil, Pa., came through with a 1-over 73 in the final round to finish third individually at 9-over par 225 for the tournament. He was just one shot out of being in a playoff for the lead. IU East's Joey Smart and Brescia's Haydon Young each shot 8-over 224, and it was Smart who won in a playoff.
Point Park's Collin Holmes, from Avon Lake, Ohio, and Chris Bowen, from Bethel Park, Pa., both tied for fourth at 10-over 226 for the tournament. Holmes shot 77, and Bowen shot 76 in the final round.
Eric Poplowski, from Economy, Pa., tied for seventh at 14-over par despite an 82 in the final round. He was tied for lead individually after 36 holes on the strength of shooting even-par 72 in the second round. James Daley shot 78 over the final 18 holes.
Veydt earned a spot on the KIAC All-Tournament Team, and Poplowski, a junior college All-American at CCAC-Allegheny, was named the KIAC Newcomer of the Year. Veydt recovered from a 79 in the first round to shooting 73-73 (+2) over the final 36 holes.
"Steve (Veydt) was the X-factor for us," said Point Park head coach Gabe Bubon. "He was a big key. It was a team effort, but his 73 in the final round gave us the breathing room that we needed or else it would have been a different story coming down the stretch. Every one was very close, and he came in 3-up on his guy.
Point Park did not run away with the KIAC Tournament this year as it did last season, but instead, it grinded out a nine-shot victory. And there was no separation between the Pioneers and Brescia in the final round with matching scores of 304 over the final 18 holes.
"What I love about our team," said Bubon, "is that our guys never give up, and they grind it out until the end at every tournament. That's our motto at every event. We did not wear down afte 36 holes, we got stronger."
As for the second NAIA national tournament appearance, Bubon would like to see the Pioneers improve on last year's performance in which they did not make the cut.
"Last year we were just happy to be there," said Bubon of the first national appearance since 1969. "Now we know what we need to shoot and what to expect. We have 3 of 5 guys back from last year's national tournament team, and I like our chances to make the cut. We know what we have to do."
Point Park men's golf is in just its fifth year since being reinstated at the school in 2009. Point Park did not have a men's golf team from 1972 to 2009.
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