Pioneers open spring season, Kowalski takes medalist in 1st tournament at Point Park
March 29, 2010
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Playing in the first event of his Point Park University career, senior transfer Darin Kowalski took medalist honors at the Westminster Spring Invitational as the Pioneers opened their spring schedule Monday afternoon.
Kowalski, a transfer from CCAC-South, shot a 2-over par 74 at New Castle Country Club to win the tournament by one stroke. He is a native of North Huntingdon and graduate of Serra Catholic High School. He spent two years at CCAC-South, where he earned NJCAA honorable-mention All-American honors.
Kowalski, who is pictured above accepting his award for winning the tournament, had to sit out in the fall because he entered the year with only one semester of athletic eligibility remaining.
Kowalski shot 38 on the front nine and 36 on the back nine to beat Gannon's Drew Deimel (38-37-75) by one stroke.
As a team, Point Park finished 9th of 12 teams with a team score of 346.
Point Park had two top-10 finishers thanks to freshman Austin Elder (Warren, Ohio/Howland), who tied for seventh with a 78 (+6). Elder, who shot 42-36, registered his fourth top-10 in five events so far this year.
Alex Richert (Shaler/North Catholic), who transferred to Point Park at the start of the spring semester, shot an 87 to tie for 35th. Richert started his career at CCAC-North.
Other Point Park participants included Nick Wukich (107) and Josh Frketic (113).
Gannon had a team score of 317 to win the team by four shots over Carnegie Mellon (321). St. Vincent (325) took third, one spot ahead of the 'B' team from AMC member Malone (329).
Point Park reinstated its men's golf team last summer after a 37-year hiatus. The head coach of the men's and women's golf teams at Point Park is Gabe Bubon.