Point Park men's golf opens fall season by placing 6th of 16 at Allegheny Invitational
Sept. 20, 2010
MEADVILLE, Pa. – Austin Elder placed in a tie for fifth place individually to lead the Point Park University men’s golf team to a 6th-place finish out of 16 teams at the Kuhn Invitational hosted by Allegheny College Sunday and Monday.
Elder (pictred), a sophomore from Warren, Ohio, fired an even-par 72 in Monday’s final round and finished with a two-day total of 146 (74-72). Elder was five shots off the pace of the individual champion, and he registered the seventh top 10 of his career with the tie for fifth place. Elder’s 146 established a career-low score for a 36-hole event.
Point Park’s team score of 604 was 10 shots back of the tournament champion, McDaniel College, which beat second-place Carnegie Mellon in a playoff. McDaniel and CMU had each finished regulation at 294.
The Pioneers had been in fourth place with Sunday’s opening-round 299, and they had a 305 in the final round. Both the 299 and the 305 were better team performances than any 18-hole, team effort by Point Park during the 2009 season. Point Park reinstated its golf team last year after a nearly four-decade hiatus, and the best 18-hole score the Pioneers turned in last season was a 311 when they finished third at Grove City.
The tournament was held at The Country Club in Meadville, Pa., a 6,628-yard, par 72 layout.
Freshman Chris Bowen, a native of Bethel Park, Pa., placed in a tie for 15th with a total score of 151 (75-76). Senior Brad Frank, a native of Pleasant Hills, Pa., and a transfer from Duquense, carded a 154 (72-82), which was good for a tie for 23rd.
Junior transfer Alejandro Bernardini, a native of Mexico, bounced back from an opening round 81 to shoot 75 on Monday. His two-day total was 156 (81-75).
Freshman James Daley, from Youngstown, Ohio, debuted with a 78 Sunday and shot an 82 Monday for a total score of 160.
The Pioneers will be in action next Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the La Roche Invitational.