Point Park's Kowalski wins at CMU to earn his second victory, Pioneers place 9th
April 11, 2010
APOLLO, Pa. – Point Park University’s Darin Kowalski is 2 for 2 in winning men’s golf tournaments this spring.
Kowalski had a two-day total of 143 (+3) for a two-shot victory at the Edward Jones Shootout hosted by Carnegie Mellon University at The Links at Spring Church this weekend. Kowalski won the Westminster Spring Invitational March 29 in the first event of his Point Park career.
Pictured above: Darin Kowalski accepts the trophy for winning the Edward Jones Shootout Sunday.
The senior from North Huntingdon opened the tournament Saturday by firing a tournament-best round of 69 (-1) to take a two shot lead after 18 holes. On Sunday, he came out slow with a 7-over 42 on the back nine, which were his first nine holes of the day.
But Kowalski, who transferred to Point Park this year from CCAC-South, put together an impressive charge with a 3-under 32 on his last nine holes to earn the victory. All four of Kowalski’s birdies in the final round came on the last nine holes. He started his second nine with birdies on three of his first five holes, and his birdie at the last gave him a little bit of a cushion.
Kowalski led the tournament with nine birdies in 36 holes. Interestingly, his final-round 74 tied for the low round of the day. Second-place finisher John Williams of Washington &Jefferson started the day two shots behind Kowalski, but he could not gain any ground with a 74 Sunday. Williams shot 71-74 for a two-day today of 145 (+5).
Kowalski’s 32 coming in Sunday represented his best nine-hole score of the season. His rally helped him overcome a costly triple bogey, which put him at +6 for the tournament. In three rounds this year, his scoring average is 72.3
Washington & Jefferson won the team title with a score of 610 (304-306). The Presidents got a third-place individual finish from Brad Cieslinski (73-75-148).
As a team, Point Park was 9th of 11 teams. The Pioneers had a tournament total of 669 (333-336).
Point Park freshman Austin Elder (Warren, Ohio/Howland) opened the tournament with a 78 Saturday. He finished with an 82 Sunday to place him in a tie for 25th at 160.
Alex Richert (Shaler/North Catholic) put together rounds of 81-84 to finish tied for 35th at 165. Point Park’s team total was rounded out by Nicholas Fearby’s (Medina, N.Y./Medina) two-day total of 201, which was five shots better than teammate Nick Wukich (Sewickley/Quaker Valley.
The Pioneers are in action Saturday at the Thiel Invitational. The tournament will be played at The Greens of Greenville, a 6,512-yard, par-72 track.