Point Park leads KIAC Men's Golf Tournament by 9 shots after Day 1
April 22, 2014 at 11:15 p.m. ET
Collin Holmes shot even-par 72 in the first round of the KIAC Tournament to tie for the 18-hole lead.
RICHMOND, Ky. -- The Point Park University men's golf team enacted a 17-shot swing at the top of the leaderboard at the KIAC Men's Golf Tournament on Tuesday and leads the conference tournament by nine shots after 36 holes on Day 1 of the two-day, 54-hole event.
Point Park trailed by eight shots to Brescia (Ky.) University after the first 18 holes on Tuesday after Brescia (Ky.) opened with a team score of 294, and Point Park opened with a 302. But the Pioneers engineered the 17-shot swing with a 296 in the second round, and Brescia, which now stands in second place, shot 313.
Point Park's 36-hole total of 598 is nine clear of Brescia (607) and the rest of the KIAC Tournament field with the final round set for Wednesday starting at 8 a.m. The tournament is being held at Gibson Bay Golf Course, a par-72, 7,113-yard layout in Richmond, Ky.
Eric Poplowski has the best score for Point Park after 36 holes at 148. He shot 76 the first round and then a strong round of even-par 72 in the second round. Collin Holmes is next at 149. He opened with a par 72 after he stroked five birdies on the front nine and then followed that up with a 77 in the afternoon.
Chris Bowen is a shot back at 150 with rounds of 76-74. Steve Veydt shot a strong 1-over 73 in his second 18 after opening with a 79 for a two-round total of 152. James Daley shot 78 in the first round and was disqualified in round two after a mix-up with hitting a ball that was not his. He will be eligible to play in the final round on Wednesday, however.
Holmes was tied for the lead individually after 18 holes with his 72. The individual and team leaderboard is not available currently, but check online later for the 36-hole leaders.
"The first 18 holes, the conditions were perfect," said Point Park head coach Gabe Bubon. "Each of our guys left 2-3 shots out there that round. Then the wind really started to pick up, and the course was a totally different course the second 18. It made things difficult out there, and the scores went up across the tournament, but ours went down. The guys got really focused the second round, and they play exceptional golf."
The winner of the KIAC Tournament will get the KIAC's automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship May 13-16 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Point Park is the defending KIAC Tournament champion and is seeking its second NAIA national tourney appearance in a row.
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