Point Park's Elder takes 2nd, Pioneers place T-4th at Mercyhurst Invitational
Oct. 10, 2010
HARBOR CREEK, Pa. – For the second day in a row, Point Park University sophomore Austin Elder fired a 3-under 69 Sunday to place second at the Mercyhurst Invitational at Downing Golf Club.
Photo by Chelsey Engel.
Elder (pictured), a native of Warren, Ohio, had a two-day total of 6-under par, and he fell one shot short in what turned into a two-man dual with medalist Derek Baker of IUP.
Elder shot 69-69—138, and Baker, the first-round leader, took the individual title by shooting 68-69—137. Elder and Baker were well out in front of the rest of the field as 1-over par 143 was good enough for a tie for third place between Evan Watkins of Mercyhurst and Doug Brooks of West Chester.
The two leaders were the only players to post a round in the 60s in the tournament, and they combined to put up four of those at the par-72, 6,643-yard layout.
As a team, Point Park placed in a tie for fourth place of seven teams in what was a field made up of primarily NCAA Division II programs.
The NAIA Point Park team shot 302 in the first round but bounced back to shoot 295 on Day 2 and wound up with a tournament total of 597 to tie with host Mercyhurst.
IUP won the team title with a tournament total of 578 (291-287). West Chester was second at 587, and Point Park was one shot back of third-place Gannon at 596.
Point Park’s Chris Bowen, a freshman, and Alejandro Bernardini, a junior, tied for 18th place at 152 (+8). Bowen, from Bethel Park fired rounds of 77-75, and Bernardini, a native of Mexico, shot 78-74.
The Pioneers’ final two golfers, James Daley of Youngstown, Ohio, and Chris Cichra, from Mt. Lebanon, tied for 27th at 11-over par 155. The pair of freshman had identical tournament scorecards with matching rounds of 78-77 for the event.
Point Park gets right back into action Monday for what is the final event on its fall schedule. The Pioneers visit the Grove City Invitational at Grove City Country Club.
The second-place showing for Elder marks his 10th top-10 finish in 13 career events. He has placed in the top five in all four of this fall’s events, with the last three being for second place.