Point Park University men's golf recruiting class features six incoming players
June 22, 2010
PITTSBURGH – Point Park University men’s golf coach Gabe Bubon has announced the addition of five recruits who will join the Pioneers for the upcoming 2010-11 season. This brings his recruiting class to a total of six players.
Bubon has added transfers Brad Frank (Pleasant Hills/Duquesne Univ.) and Alex Bernardini (Mexico/Univ.South Carolina-Aiken) as well as freshmen Chris Bowen (Bethel Park), Chris Cichra (Mt. Lebanon) and James Daley (Youngstown, OH). With the addition of those five players, Bubon’s recruiting class has reached six when including incoming freshman Michael Caris (Van Buren, OH), who signed earlier this year.
This past season was the first time that Point Park fielded a men’s golf team since the early 1970s. Bubon, a native of Warren, Ohio, was named the head coach of the Pioneers’ men’s and women’s golf teams when the programs were introduced last summer. This year’s crop of recruits represents the first recruiting class that Bubon was able to devote a full year to.
Frank (pictured above) is a native of Pleasant Hills and a 2006 graduate of Central Catholic High School. He is a transfer from Duquesne University, although the only year that he was a member of the Dukes’ golf team was during the 2006-07 season. Frank has one and a half years of athletic eligibility remaining.
“Brad Frank is an experienced transfer who has a hunger to get back into competitive golf,” said Bubon. “He will bring leadership to a young program. Brad is a very talented player who will help us right away.”
Frank is a scratch golfer whose amateur resume includes participating in qualifiers for the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Amateur Public Links (twice) and the WPGA Championship Sectional Qualifier.
Bernardini (pictured above) will be a junior this coming year. The native of Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, spent last season at the University of South Carolina-Aiken, a highly ranked team in NCAA Division II. As a freshman, he played at another Division II program, South Carolina State.
“Alex Bernardini is transferring in from a very strong Division II program. He was unable to crack the lineup at USC-Aiken, but he has a strong desire to compete,” said Bubon. “Here at Point Park, he will get a chance to do what he has wanted to do. He comes from a great family, and we have high expectations for him.”
Bernardini’s resume includes placing first in the 2007 Colombia National and International Championship held in Bogota, Columbia. He placed eighth at the Mexican Junior Golf Championship, and he is a two-time member of the Southern Mexico Junior Golf Association Team.
Bowen (pictured above on the right) will be a freshman next year after finishing a strong career at Bethel Park High School. Bowen placed 15th at the PIAA tournament as a senior last fall. His brother Tyler, also pictured, has signed on with the Point Park baseball team and head coach Loren Torres.
“Chris Bowen is a great addition to our program,” said Bubon. “He is capable of being a top player in the AMC in the next two years. He has a lot of experience in tournaments, and he has had some success. And he also wants to make himself a better player.”
Cichra (pictured above) was a four-year letterman at Mt. Lebanon High School, where he was the team’s No. 1 man as a senior last year. Cichra’s scoring average is about 74 over 18 holes, and he twice played in the WPIAL championship tournament. His father, Jim Cichra, is the director of golf at the RMU Island Sports Center, which serves as a winter training facility for the Pioneers’ golf teams.
“Chris Cichra is a very solid player who had a successful high school career and comes from a golfing family,” said Bubon. “He will be a key contributor for us the next four years. The strongest part of his play is his great short game.”
Daley (pictured aabove) is an incoming freshman from Youngstown (OH) Ursuline High School. As a senior, he was a section champion and a district qualifier with a scoring average of 37.8 over nine holes.
“James Daley has some exciting potential,” said Bubon. “He is really going to develop when he gets into a college program. He comes from a good area, and guys from Youngstown are tough. We expect James to be a good player for us.”
Caris (pictured below), is a four-year member of the Van Buren High School golf team, and his scoring average is 40.2. The two-time all-conference performer stands 6-foot-4, and he is an honorable-mention Northwest Ohio Division III selection. He signed with the Pioneers earlier this year.