Quicksilver Golf Club named Point Park's home course
Sept. 4, 2009
PITTSBURGH - Point Park University director of athletics Dan Swalga announced Friday that Quicksilver Golf Club has been named the home course for the Pioneers' newly formed men's and women's golf programs.
Quicksilver is a 7,038-yard, par-72 course from the back tees, and the course measures 5,614 yards and is par 72 from the women's tees. It is located in Midway, which is 30 minutes from Point Park's downtown Pittsburgh campus.
"Quicksilver Golf Club is a quality course, and it has hosted a lot of important golf events over the years," said Swalga. "It is a first-class operation, it fits in well with our other athletic facilities and management has been very accommodating to us. We are thrilled to call Quicksilver Golf Club our home course."
Golf Digest has named Quicksilver a four-star course, and the Post-Gazette has named it the best public course in Western Pennsylvania on six occasions. Golf Week Magazine has listed Quicksilver among the top 15 courses in the state.
Quicksilver has played host to events on the Champions Tour, the Nationwide Tour and the Hooters Tour over the years. It hosted a local qualifier for the U.S. Open this past year.
Point Park added its men's and women's golf programs on June 15, and Gabe Bubon was named the head coach of both teams the same day. Bubon is in his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Point Park men's basketball team.
"Quicksilver will benefit our programs immensely," said Bubon. "It will allow us to get great practice on the course, at the driving range and on the putting and chipping green. It is a beautiful and challenging course that can only make our golfers better players.
"We are glad to start this partnership, and I know that general manager Carl Pia will continue to give us the great service that he has already displayed."
Point Park is not scheduled to host any tournaments at Quicksilver this year, but the facility will be used for practice sessions. The men's team will compete in four tournaments this fall, and the women's team will play in two events. Men's and women's golf are officially recognized by the NAIA as spring sports, and championships are held then.
Point Park's women's team opens the fall season Sept. 18 at the St. Vincent Invitational, and the men's team opens at the Kuhn Invitational hosted by Allegheny Sept. 20-21.
The Pioneers had a brief history of men's golf from 1966-72, but is sponsoring women's golf for the first time. For the first two years of the men's golf program, the Pioneers played their home matches at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Belle Vernon. Starting in 1968-69, Point Park's home course was Ponderosa Golf Course in Hookstown.
Point Park hosted its own tournament four times from 1967-70. The Pioneer Classic was held at Champion Lakes Golf Club in Ligonier, Pa., and it regularly drew the top teams in the area. Point Park won the tournament the last two times it was played, and both times the Pioneers edged powerful Pitt and IUP for the title.
For more information about Quicksilver Golf Club, visit www.quicksilvergolf.com