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Point Park places third at Thiel with three players finishing in the top six

April 17, 2010

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- The Point Park University men's golf team had three players finish in the top six at the Thiel Invitational Saturday, and the Pioneers took 3rd of 10 teams.


Darin Kowalski and Alex Richert each shot 77 to tie for second while Austin Elder (79) placed sixth. The Pioneers shot 335, which was four shots behind the winner, Grove City (331), and one shot behind Westminster (334).

Kowalski, Richert at Thiel

PICTURED ABOVE: Point Park's Alex Richert (left) and Darin Kowalski (right) accept the trophy for finishing tied for second at the Thiel Invitational Saturday. Both players shot a 77, which was one behind the winner.

The tournament was played at The Greens of Greenville, which is par 72 and measures 6,512 yds. The chilly temperatures were in the 30s at times, and there were snow flurries at various parts of the day.

The medalist, who was competing for Grove City, shot a 4-over 76.

The third-place finish is the best showing this year for Point Park, which reinstated its men's golf program last summer after not sponsoring a team for nearly four decades. The Pioneers had a brief history of men's golf in the late 1960s and early 70s.

The score of 335 was two shots shy of the Pioneers' best 18-hole score this year. Point Park put up a 333 in the first round of the Carnegie Mellon Tournament April 9 at The Links at Spring Church.

The three individual finishers in the top five also set a season high for the Pioneers, who host CCAC-South for a dual match Monday at Quicksilver Golf Club in Midway, Pa.

Kowalski, a senior transfer who was not eligible to compete in fall tournaments, has played in four events in his Point Park career. The North Huntingdon native was the medalist in his first two tournaments, and he has placed second each of the last two times out.

Richert, a sophomore transfer from CCAC-North, established a career-best round of 77 and his best individual placement.

Elder, a freshman from Warren, Ohio, and Howland High School, registered his fifth top-10 finish in seven tournaments this year. Elder's best finishes this year have been a second and a third.

Point Park's team score of 335 was rounded out Saturday with Nick Fearby (Medina, N.Y./Medina) and Nick Wukich (Sewickley/Quaker Valley) each shooting a 102.