Point Park men's golf runs away with victory at Mt. Union Fall Invitational
Sept. 26, 2011
The Point Park men's golf team Monday at the Mt. Union Fall Invitational (L to R): Head coach Gabe Bubon, Austin Elder (medalist), Michael Popovec, James Daley, Alejandro Bernardini and Collin Holmes. Submitted Photo.
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- With a final-round score that was nine strokes better than any other school in the field, the Point Park University men's golf team ran away with the victory at the Mt. Union Fall Invitational Monday at Alliance Country Club.
Point Park shot a final-round team score of 291 to race to an eight-shot victory over Otterbein University. After a first-round 301 on Sunday, Point Park was tied for second place and one shot back of Otterbein.
The 291 total is the best team score for the Pioneers' program since it was reinstated at Point Park in the fall of 2009. It is also believed to be better than any score that was posted when the men's golf team was in existence from 1967-72.
Point Park had the top two individuals as Austin Elder was the medalist at 1-over par. Elder, a junior from Warren, Ohio, shot the low round of the tournament with a 70 on Monday to get a two-shot victory over teammate Alejandro Bernardini.
Elder shot 73 in the first round and 70 in the final round for a total of 1-over 143. Bernardini put together rounds of 73 and 72 for 3-over 145. Bernardini is a junior from Mexico.
Point Park freshman Collin Holmes, a native of Avon Lake, Ohio, finished fifth at 149. Holmes shot 76 in the first round and career-low 73 on Monday.
James Daley, a sophomore from Youngstown, Ohio, had an opening-round 79 and then turned in a solid 76 over the 18 holes to finish at 155 and a tie for 23rd.
Michael Popovec, a freshman from Findlay, Ohio, shot 90-85--175.
For Elder, the victory was his second one in three tournaments so far this fall. Elder won the Grove City Fall Invitational earlier this month.
The Point Park team combined to post five rounds at 73 or better across the two days. The other 67 golfers in the field combined to have five rounds at 73 or better.
Point Park's two-day total of 592 (301-291) is the best 36-hole score for the team since it was reinstated. Since 2009, the best 18-hole score had been 295, and the best 36-hole total had been 597, both achieved at Mercyhurst last fall.
Otterbein shot 300 both days and was second at 600. Host Mt. Union shot 606 (304-302) for third place. Walsh, the team Point Park was tied with after 18 holes, was fourth at 613 (301-313).
The first round was played at the 6,694-yard, par-72 layout of Tannenhauf Golf Club. The final round was played at Alliance Country Club, a 6,641-yard, par-70 track.