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Kowalski takes second at St. Vincent Invitational to continue hot play

April 15, 2010

LATROBE, Pa. – Point Park University’s Darin Kowalski continued his hot streak on the golf course by finishing second at the St. Vincent Invitational Thursday afternoon. The senior from North Huntingdon fired a 1-under par 70, and in the only three events of his Point Park career this spring, he has finishes of first, first and now second place.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS  (Note: the course was played as Par 71)

Kowalski at St. Vincent

PICTURED ABOVE: Darin Kowalski accepts his prize for finishing second, a flag from Latrobe Country Club autographed by Arnold Palmer.

Kowalski was one of only two golfers to turn in a round under par in a field that consisted of 74 players at Latrobe Country Club. St. Vincent’s Steve Fiori used his home-course advantage to fire a spectacular round of 4-under par 67 to beat Kowalski by three strokes.

Kowalski, who took first place at Westminster (March 29) and at Carnegie Mellon (April 10-11) in his last two events, was 3-under par through nine holes. A costly triple bogey on No. 4, his 10th hole of the day, put him at even par for the day. The graduate of Serra Catholic High School rebounded to sink a 30-foot birdie putt on the next hole, and he parred out to finish at 1-under par.

Kowalski had a 37 on the front nine and a 33 on holes 10-18. Fiori, the winner, shot 34-33-67. Third-place finisher Jeff Varga of St. Vincent, shot 38-33-71, which was one shot better than West Liberty State’s Jeff Ferda at 35-37-72.

Kowalski was one of four players in the field to compete as an individual. He and his Point Park teammates are in action Saturday at the Thiel Invitational. The tournament will be played at The Greens of Greenville, which measures 6,512 yards and is par 72.

Kowalski started his career at CCAC-South, where he was a honorable-mention All-American on the junior college level. He transferred to Point Park in this his senior season, but he had to sit out the fall season because he had only one semester of eligibility remaining.

In the only three events of his Point Park career, Kowalski has a scoring average of 71.8 across 72 holes. In four rounds, he is +4 in relation to par.