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.
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.
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.