Point Park Men's Golf wins Cedarville tourney, Bowen places first individually
April 5, 2013 at 10:15 p.m. ET
The Point Park Men's Golf Team with the championship hardware at Cedarville. Photo by Lori Holmes.
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio -- The Point Park University men's golf team won its second tournament in as many events this spring when it took home the team title at the Cedarville Invitational on Friday at Beavercreek Country Club. The NAIA Pioneers bested a field of five other teams that was made up entirely of NCAA Division II schools.
Point Park shot 304 in Friday's final round to win by six strokes over Notre Dame (OH) College. Point Park had a two-day total of 619. After a tough opening round in which they shot 315 -- 12 shots above their season scoring average -- the Pioneers put together the round of the tournament with Friday's team score of 304.
The win this week goes along with last week's season-opening victory at the Berea (Ky.) College Spring Tee-Off. There, the Pioneers came out on top of a field that included every KIAC team.
A difficult and long track at 7,303 yards at Beavercreek Country Club contributed to higher scores across the board. But the Pioneers found a way to come out on top after trailing host Cedarville by one shot for the first-round lead.
"The guys grind everything out and compete right to the very end," said Point Park coach Gabe Bubon. "That's what I like about this team. It wasn't a great first round, but they're at their best when their backs are against the wall. We didn't seperate until the back 9 (in the final round). It was a tough course, and I thought the 304 today was a very good score."
Finishing right behind Point Park in succession were former American Mideast Conference foes Notre Dame (625), Walsh (633) and Cedarville (641). All three of those teams left the AMC in favor of NCAA DII, which forced the AMC to fold after last year. As a result, Point Park joined the KIAC starting this year. Rounding out the tournament field this week were NCAA DII schools Northern Michigan (642) and Urbana (658).
Point Park's Chris Bowen won the individual title with rounds of 75 and 74 for a two-day total of 5-over 149. Individual competitor Tyler Ries of Tiffin also shot 149 as the players shared first place. It was the first-career win for Bowen, a junior from Bethel Park, Pa. It was his second Top-10 finish this spring as he was ninth at Berea.
"As a golf coach, I've never been prouder of an individual as I am of Chris Bowen today," said Bubon. "He has worked so hard to get his game where it is now. He was just outside our top-5 last year, but he has worked really hard to not only get back into this year, but to win a tournament."
The Pioneers had three players finish in the top 10 as Collin Holmes was seventh and Billy Wivell tied for eighth. Holmes, a sophomore from Avon Lake, Ohio, shot 155 (78-77) while Wivell, a senior from Deer Lakes, Pa., shot 156 (81-75) with a strong round of 75 over the final 18 holes.
Point Park has one more event before the KIAC Tournament April 29-30 with that being the Carnegie Mellon Invitational April 13-14 at the Links at Spring Church.
For a complete listing of Team & Individual results, click the links above.