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Darin Kowalski transfers to Point Park, will join men's golf team in spring

By KEVIN TAYLOR, Point Park sports information

Aug. 20, 2009

PITTSBURGH -- Men's golf coach Gabe Bubon announced Thursday that Darin Kowalski has transferred to Point Park University. Kowalski was a National Junior College Athletic Association honorable mention All-American and a Region 20 champion while he was a member of the CCAC-South golf team.

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PICTURED ABOVE: Darin Kowalski (right) has transferred to Point Park to play men's golf for coach Gabe Bubon (left).

Kowalski, a native of North Huntingdon and a graduate of Serra Catholic High School, won the Region 20 championship and earned a spot in the NJCAA national tournament in 2008. Kowalski's regional championship earned him honorable mention All-American honors.

He has one semester of eligibility remaining, and he will join the Point Park men's golf team in the spring. The NAIA officially recognizes men's golf as a spring sport, but the Pioneers plan to participate in some fall events. The NAIA and the American Mideast Conference hold their golf championships in the spring.

"Darin is a great addition to our golf team," said Bubon. "He is a very talented player who has a lot of experience as a golfer. He knows what it takes to compete on the college level, and that will really help our younger players.

"With his talent, I feel Darin has the ability to qualify for the NAIA tournament and compete for the national title."

A 2004 graduate of Serra Catholic, Kowalski spent two years playing golf at CCAC-South. He won the state junior college championship in 2004.

His most-recent success came at a qualifier for the Pennsylvania Golf Association's 93rd Open Championship on July 10. Kowalski shot a three-under 67 at Chartiers Country Club to take medalist honors, and that earned him a spot in the Open Championship Aug. 10-12 at Oakmont Country Club. He competed as an amateur in that event.

A plus-1 handicap golfer, Kowalski had a scoring average of 36.3 at Serra Catholic. He was a four-time WPIAL qualifier and he reached the PIAA tournament as a junior.

Bubon was hired as Point Park's men's and women's golf coach on June 15, the same day the university announced its plans to sponsor golf programs. Point Park had a brief history of men's golf from 1966-72 but has a women's golf team for the first time.

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