Elder ties for second at Westminster Invitational, continues strong play
Oct. 5, 2009
NEW CASTLE, Pa. - Point Park University freshman golfer Austin Elder continued his strong play by tying for second place at the Westminster Fall Invitational Monday.
Elder, a native of Warren, Ohio, shot a 4-over par 76 at New Castle Country Club to finish three shots back of medalist Michael Strayer of Malone.
As a team, Point Park finished 9th of nine teams with a score of 370.
Elder, who started his day on hole No. 11, birdied No. 8 and No. 9 down the final stretch. Only a bogey on the 10th hole, his last of the day, prevented him taking second place alone.
Elder (pictured) shot 35 on the front nine and 41 on the back. His 1-under par total on the front side made him the only player in the tournament to shoot under par for one of the nines.
Monday's finish was the second-straight top-three placement for Elder, who finished in a tie for third at last week's LaRoche Fall Invitational.
Malone won the tournament with a team score of 314, which was 10 shots better than Grove City (324). Strayer fired nine-hole scores of 37-36 for the three-shot win.
"The greens were extremely fast today," said Point Park golf coach Gabe Bubon. "It was not a long course, and the conditions were good. But if you weren't on the correct side of the green or if you weren't below the hole, you had your work cut out for you. The medalist from Malone should be very proud of himself for shooting a 73."
Tying for second at 76 were Ryan Spear of Westminster, Jeff Varga of St. Vincent and Kyle Wilson of Grove City.
Only nine players broke 80 in the 52-man field, and 30 players broke 90.
Point Park's team score was rounded out by Matthew Jabaut (97), Drew Kury (100) and Brian Uhrmacher (106).
The final event on Point Park's fall schedule is the Grove City Invitational Oct. 17. The event will be held at Grove City Country Club at 1:30 p.m.