Spring college season continues as playoffs near

Chase Pochylko (Photo courtesy www.geauxcolonels.com)

Thanks to the help of Holly Knudsen’s top-10 finish the Minot State University (MSU) Beavers reached the podium at the Augustana Spring Invitational this week in Sioux Falls, S.D. at the Elmwood Golf Course. The Chaplin product shot 81 and 82 tying for 10th place.

The Beavers will now prepare for the NSIC playoffs April 26 to 28 in Smithville, Mo. at Paradise Pointe Golf Club. The MSU men’s team with Estevan’s Chase Gedak are also in preparation for the event later this month.

The Ferris State Bulldogs and Hallie Crozier of Regina took part in a couple events in first nine days of April. First off, the team was at the Indianapolis Invitational in Laconia, Ind. at Chariot Run Golf Course on April 1 and 2. The Royal Regina Golf Club member shot 80, 76, and 88 for a 54-hole total of 244, her 28-over par score left Crozier in 24th. The Bulldogs were third in the team competition.

This week Ferris was in Grove City, Ohio for the NC4K Classic taking home another third place team finish. Competing at the Pinnacle Golf Club Crozier posted rounds of 82 and 84, tying for 43rd.

The GLIAC Women’s Championships are next on April 19 – 21 in Augusta, Michigan.

Cole Obrigewitsch continued his outstanding spring season with California State University – San Bernardino on April 5 and 6 in Goodyear, Az. at The Golf Club of Estrella. The Coyotes were fifth in the 18 team field led by the Deer Valley products’ tie for fourth overall. Obrigewitsch posted scores of 72 and 69 to finish at 3-under par.

Josh Nagy of Saskatoon had a busy couple weeks competing alongside his Robert Morris University (RMU) teammates at two events.

Back on March 29 to 31, the Colonials were in Snow Hill, N.C. for the Cutter Creek Invitational at the Cutter Creek Golf Club. The Riverside Country Club member and reigning Saskatchewan amateur champion opened the 54-hole event with a 69, then followed up with scores of 75 and 73, good enough for a tie in 24th place, leading the team.

The Colonials placed 14th in the team competition.

This week (April 8/9) in Lafayette Hill, Pa. RMU took part in the Dragon Match Play Invitational finishing third overall. The Colonials beat Lafayette’s A Team, they also knocked off the school’s B Team.

Nagy placed tied for fifth in stroke play in the tournament played at the Green Valley Country Club. Next for the Colonials is the Mountaineer Invitational on April 15 and 16 in Morgantown, W. Va.

Another Riverside Country Club member was in action this week in New Orleans, La. Millsaps College junior Will Danielson went 75, 77, 79 at English Turn Golf and Country Club, leading to a tie for 19th place. The Majors as a team were fifth. They are back at it again on April 14 in Florence, Ala. for the Shoals Intercollegiate at RJT Fighting Joe Golf Course.

Sticking with Riverside Country Club players, Chase Pochylko and Tommy Danielson wrapped up the Koasati Pines Intercollegiate in Kinder, La. on Wednesday with Nicholls University.

Pochylko opened with a 77 but dialled in the final two rounds with a 69 and 68 leaving him in a tie for 11th place at 214.

Danielson went 76, 75, and 80 for a 54-hole total of 231, he was 51st.

Nicholls was seventh as a team. They will be in Kerrville, Tex. for the Southland Conference Championship starting April 22 at Commanche Trace Golf Club.

Caden Loeppky of Saskatoon has also been busy over the past couple weeks at Waldorf University. On March 29 and 30 the Warriors were in Waverly, Ia. for the Wartburg Spring Invite at Prairie Links Golf Course. Competing for Waldorf’s ‘B’ Team, Loeppky shot 83 in round one and 81 in the second round, that left him in a tie for 37th. His team was 10th in the event, the Warriors’ ‘A’ Team placed fourth.

This week Waldorf was in Newton, Ks. at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course for the Bethany College Classic. Loeppky fired 82 and 80 tying for 42nd place overall. Again, competing on the Warriors ‘B’ Team, they were 10th.

Waldorf has three more events in April starting with the Triton Invitational on April 10 and 11.

The Trojan at Walnut Creek Country Club featured three players with Saskatchewan connections in Goldsboro, N.C. on April 8 and 9.

Calgary resident and Waskesiu junior graduate Guillermo Salazar tied for 17th place with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Crimson Hawks. He carded rounds of 77, 75, and 71 to finish at 7-over par, 223. IUP teammate and Saskatoon product Alex Swinnerton posted rounds of 78, 76, and 74 for a 54-hole score of 12-over par, 228. He was 31st.

Estevan’s Jace Carlisle was also in the field playing his final season with Post University. He opened with a 78, posted an 82 in the middle round, and finished with a 76 for a score of 20-over par, 236. The TS&M Woodlawn member tied for 44th.

IUP was fifth in the team race, Post was seventh in the 12 school field.

Carlisle and the Eagles are in Manchester, N. H. on April 15 and 16 for the Penman Men’s Spring Invitational at Derryfield Country Club, the Crimson Hawks next event is the Cecil C. Spadafora IUP Invitational at their home club on April 15 and 16 in Indiana, Pa.