Kowalski, Elder place 1-2 at Grove City to lead Pioneers to third-place finish
April 26, 2010
GROVE CITY, Pa. – In a field of 47 players at the Grove City MBA Invitational Monday, Point Park University men’s golfers Darin Kowalski and Austin Elder placed first and second, respectively, at Grove City Country Club.
On the strength of the high individual finishes, Point Park took third of nine teams with a season-best score of 311. The Pioneers reinstated their men’s golf team this year after a 37-year hiatus.
PICTURED ABOVE: Point Park men's golfers Darin Kowalski (right) and Austin Elder (left) pose with their medals for finishing first and second, respectively.
Kowalski, a senior from North Huntingdon, earned his third tournament victory in five events at Point Park with a 1-under par 71. Kowalski had to sit out the fall season after transferring from CCAC-South, but so far this spring he has three wins and a pair of second-place finishes in five starts.
Kowalski birdied his last two holes to beat Elder by a shot. Elder, a freshman from Warren, Ohio, and Howland High School, shot even-par 72 after playing his final five holes in two under par. Saint Vincent’s Jeff Varga also shot 72, but after comparing scorecards starting with the first hole, Elder took second outright with his birdie on No. 2.
With the 72, Elder tied his career-best score, which he also shot in the second round of his career. The second-place finish matches his best placement, which he also achieved at the Westminster Fall Invitational. In eight events this year, Elder has six top-10 finishes with three in the top five.
As a team, Point Park finished seven shots behind tournament champion and American Mideast Conference member Notre Dame (OH), which posted a 304. Saint Vincent took second with a team score of 307.
Point Park’s Alex Richert (Shaler/North Catholic) posted a 79 to tie for 17th place. The sophomore who transferred this year was two shots off of matching his career-best round.
Nick Fearby (Medina, N.Y./Medina), a junior, shot an 89 to register the best score of his career. Nick Wukich (Sewickley/Quaker Valley), a sophomore, shot a 98.
Before Monday, Point Park’s best team score of the year was a 333 in the first round of the Carnegie Mellon Tournament, but the Pioneers beat that total by 22 strokes.
The Pioneers culminate their season Thursday and Friday at the AMC Championship Tournament, which will be held at Apple Valley Golf Course, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. The tournament features 27 holes on both days. The individual champion and the team champions earn berths in the NAIA tournament.