Popovec IV signs with Point Park University men's golf program
Jan. 29, 2011
Pictured: Point Park golf signee Mike Popovec IV (right) with his father Mickey Popovec and Pioneers' coach Gabe Bubon (standing). Submitted photo.
PITTSBURGH – Point Park University men’s golf head coach Gabe Bubon announced that Findlay (OH) High School standout Mike Popovec IV has committed to the school. He will be a freshman for the Pioneers in the fall of 2011.
Popovec IV was the Greater Buckeye Conference Player of the Year as a senior at Findlay HS, and he was the team’s No.1 player the last two years. Other accolades for Popovec IV include being named the Findlay Area Golfer of the Year and qualifying for the Ohio Amateur tournament.
“Mike is a big addition to our program,” said Bubon. “He was recruited by some bigger schools, and we are fortunate to have him at Point Park. He will help our program right away, and he is the type of player that can get us to the next level as we compete in the American Mideast Conference and the NAIA.”
Popovec IV is a 3.0 handicap with a scoring average f 75.0. He shot an even-par 72 and won in a playoff to win the Greater Buckeye Conference individual title last year. The son of Mickey Popovec and Janet Lis, he plans to major in business management at Point Park.
The Point Park University men’s golf program is in its second season since being reinstated for the 2009-10 school year. The Pioneers took the team title in two of the five tournaments they competed in during the Fall 2010 season. Point Park will compete in a full schedule this spring culminating with the AMC Championship Tournament.
Bubon, a Warren, Ohio, native, was named the head coach when the program was reinstated in the summer of 2009. Popovec IV, who grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, until the age of 12, will join a roster that includes current Point Park players Austin Elder from Warren and James Daley from Youngstown. Elder, a sophomore, and Daley, a freshman, lead the Pioneers in scoring average this year.
The Pioneers’ men’s golf program enjoyed great success in the program’s early years from 1967-72. Point Park finished fourth in the NAIA national tournament in 1969, but the team was discontinued after the 1972 season.
Point Park University is located in downtown Pittsburgh and is a member of the American Mideast Conference and the NAIA.