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Pioneers finish 2009-10 men's golf season at final round of AMC Championship

April 30, 2010

MT. VERNON, Ohio – The Point Park University men’s golf team finished up the 2009-10 season at the final round of the American Mideast Conference/NAIA Region IX Championship Friday.

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FINAL TEAM RESULTS ,  FINAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS 

Competing in the AMC tournament for the first time, the Pioneers finished 10th of 10 teams. Point Park’s top finisher was senior Darin Kowalski (North Huntingdon/Serra Catholic), who finished tied for 14th in a field of 50 players. It was the first time all year the Kowalski didn’t finish first or second in a tournament. 

The tournament was held at Apple Valley Golf Course, a par-72, 6,942-yard track. The event included 27 holes on Thursday and Friday.

Point Park reinstated its men’s golf team this year after not sponsoring a team since the early 1970s. Point Park joined the AMC in 1999.

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Kowalski (pictured), a transfer from CCAC-South, carded a 54-hole score of 235 (+19), and he was just three shots shy of earning a spot on the All-AMC team by finishing in the top ten and ties. Kowalski opened the two-day event by shooting a first-round 75 (+3), but he followed that up with a second-round 82. Kowalski finished the tourney with a 78 in the final round.

Point Park freshman Austin Elder (Warren, Ohio/Howland) finished tied for 31st place at 245 (+29). Elder’s tournament was highlighted by shooting 79 and 78 in the first two rounds.

Nick Fearby (Medina, N.Y./Medina) had a 54-hole score of 278, which featured a career-best round of 86 in the middle. Point Park’s score was rounded out by a 298 from Nick Wukich (Sewickley/Quaker Valley), who opened with a 92 Thursday.

Point Park’s team score was 1,056 after two days. The Pioneers carded totals of 348-350-358 in the three rounds.

Malone won the AMC championship by a landslide. The Pioneers had a two-day score of 876 (+12) to win the title by 55 shots over second-place Cedarville.

Malone had the top three individual finishers, including AMC champion Justin Lower, who shot 67-71-76 (-2) to beat teammate Ben Smith by two shots. Smith shot a 68 in the final round.