Point Park men's golf wins Berea (Ky.) College Spring Tee-Off, Veydt medalist
April 5, 2014 at 10:15 p.m. ET
Point Park Men's Golf with the Berea (Ky.) College team title (L to R): Collin Holmes, Michael Popovec, James Daley (2nd), Eric Poplowski, Chris Bowen, Head Coach Gabe Bubon and Steve Veydt (medalist). Photo by Lori Holmes.
RICHMOND, Ky. -- Point Park University men's golf got the job done and won the team championship by 26 shots at the Berea (Ky.) College Spring Tee-Off by shooting a strong team score of 293 in the final round Saturday at Battlefield Golf Club.
It was the first tournament of the spring season for Point Park, which led the field by 13 shots after shooting 309 on a tough scoring day in the first round Friday. The Pioneers are the defending KIAC Tournament champions and NAIA qualifiers, and this weekend they beat a field of eight teams, five of which were other KIAC schools.
Point Park finished ahead of second-place Asbury (628) and third-place IU East (638).
Senior Steve Veydt, from Cecil, Pa., and Canon-McMillan High School, shot an impressive 68 in the final round to win the individual title by four shots over teammate and first-round leader James Daley, a senior from Youngstown, Ohio, who placed second. Veydt shot rounds of 76-68, and Daley shot 74-74.
Senior Chris Bowen, from Bethel Park, Pa., shot 77 both days to place eighth, and junior Collin Holmes followed up his 81 on Friday with a 75 on Saturday to place tied for ninth individually. Eric Poplowski was just outside the top 10 as his rounds of 82-76 put him in 11th. Point Park's Michael Popovec competed as an individual with rounds of 81-79 to place tied for 13th.
The Berea event is often a preview of the KIAC Tournament since so many KIAC teams participate. It was the first of four tournaments in four weeks for Point Park, which competes at Malone April 11-12, at Mt. Vernon Nazarene April 19 and at the KIAC Tournament 22-23. The KIAC champion will get an automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament.
"We're happy that we were able to go down to Berea and once again make a statement," said Point Park head coach Gabe Bubon, whose team also won at Berea last year. "We didn't win any tournaments in the fall, so to get back to the winning feeling to start the spring was big. It will be another good tournament next weekend at Malone."
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