Austin Elder commits to Point Park men's golf
By KEVIN TAYLOR, Point Park sports information
July 31, 2009
PITTSBURGH - Men's golf coach Gabe Bubon announced Friday that Austin Elder has committed to Point Park University, where he will be a freshman on the Pioneers' men's golf team in the fall.
Elder, a 2009 graduate of Howland High School, is the first men's golf recruit to commit to Point Park since the Pioneers' program was reinstated on June 15. Point Park had a brief history of men's golf from 1966-72, but the university has not fielded a golf team for the last 37 years.
"To get a player of Austin's caliber is a great thing for Point Park golf, especially for a program that is in its first year." said Bubon. "Austin can compete on a high level, and I expect big things from him during his four years at Point Park."
In 2009, Elder was a team MVP and team captain at Howland. He spent his senior year there after attending Warren G. Harding High School for three years. Elder and Bubon are natives of Warren, Ohio, and Bubon graduated from Harding in 1995.
Elder's senior year was highlighted by taking medalist honors at the OSHAA Division II sectional tournament and by winning the Cardinal Classic. He had a nine-hole scoring average of 35.1 during his senior season, and he shot in the 30s in every event except the district tournament.
During the summer of 2008, he won seven junior tournaments. In the past, he has competed on the North Coast Junior Tour and the Kenny Novak Junior Tour. He is a past qualifier for the Optimist International State Championship.
An honor-roll student, Elder also participated in baseball and basketball in high school.
When Point Park reinstated its golf program June 15, Bubon was named the head coach of the Pioneers' men's and women's golf teams. Bubon is in his fifth year as an assistant men's basketball coach at Point Park, a role that he will continue. As a senior at Harding in 1995, Bubon was the team's No. 1 player.
Point Park, which is located in downtown Pittsburgh, is a member of the NAIA and the American Mideast Conference.
ELDER COMMITS TO POINT PARK: Austin Elder (center) committed to Point Park University Thursday at Avalon Golf and Country Club in Warren, Ohio. Elder will be a freshman on the golf team in the fall. On hand Thursday (left to right) were Point Park men's golf coach Gabe Bubon, Elder, and Austin's parents, Lori and Ed Elder.