Elder finishes T-17th to lead Point Park at Kuhn Invitational
Sept. 21, 2009
MEADVILLE, Pa. - Point Park University's Austin Elder shot an even-par, 72 in the final round of the Kuhn Invitational Monday to finish in a tie for 17th place in the two-day event.
A freshman from Warren, Ohio, Elder (at left) tied for the low round of the day with two other golfers on a day in which no one shot under par. Elder was in 45th place after Round 1, but jumped 28 spots over the final 18 holes. He shot an opening-round 80 Sunday in his first collegiate tournament.
As a team, Point Park finished 18th of 18 teams. The Pioneers reinstated their men's golf program in June after a nearly four-decade layoff. The Kuhn Invitational, which was hosted by Allegheny College, was Point Park's first event of the fall schedule.
Elder was 3-under par through 14 holes Monday, but he bogeyed the next three holes. He lipped out on two of those bogeys, but regrouped on the final hole to tie for the low round of the day.
Elder finished eight shots back of the individual champion, Jared Schmader of Clarion. Schmader shot a final-round 73 and was even par for the tournament to win by three strokes.
California (Pa.) took the team title with a seven-shot victory over Clarion. California's Justin Newbauer, who shot a 70 to take the first-round lead, shot 79 the final 18 holes to finish in a tie for sixth.
Point Park had a team score of 373 in the first round, but improved that number by 21 strokes with 352 in round two.
Drew Kury (Crafton/Carlynton) fired an 82 Monday to better his first-round score by 15 shots. Kury shot 41 on each side.
Point Park's final-round scoring was rounded out by Nick Fearby (Medina, N.Y./Medina), who shot 95, and Matthew Jabaut (Pittsburgh/Carrick), who had a 103.