S’winner’ton does it again, Pochylko, Danielson set to make college debuts

Alex SWinnerton picked up his second college win last week for IUP. (Submitted photo/Alex Swinnerton)

The 2023 Autumn college season has started in the United States and Saskatoon’s Alex Swinnerton has found the top of the podium to start his sophomore season.

Swinnerton won an event in April for his first collegiate win with Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), now the Riverside Country Club member has another victory on his resume. Opening the season at the Glade Springs Kickoff in Charleston, West Virginia on Sept. 5 – 6. Swinnerton found himself on top the leaderboard after 36 holes on day one with back-to-back rounds of 68 before cruising to the win with a 75 in round three to claim the win.

The victory earned Swinnerton his fourth PSAC men’s golfer of the week award.

Guillermo Salazar, a Calgary product who played junior golf at Waskesiu with Swinnerton also competes for IUP, he posted rounds of 75, 80, and 84.

The Crimson Hawks were second overall as a team. Next up for Swinnerton and Salazar is the Malone-Glenmoor Invitational this weekend in Canton, Ohio.

Josh Nagy of Saskatoon has began his final fall season with Robert Morris University. The reigning Saskatchewan Amateur champion tied for third at the Colonial Shootout in Richmond, Kentucky on Aug. 30 – Sept. 1. Nagy carded rounds of 71, 68, and 68 to finish at 207.

The Colonials were eighth as a team. RMU travels to Barboursville, West Virginia this weekend for the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational.

Chase Gedak of Estevan made a solid first impression on his new teammates south of the border. After transferring from University of Arkansas at Monticello to Minot State University this summer, the Beavers were in Minnesota State, Mankato for the Maverick Invitational on Aug. 28 – 29. The Golf Kenosee member carded rounds of 78 and 67, good enough to finish eighth overall in the tournament and help the Beavers claim third in the team battle. Gedak’s 67 is the second lowest round in MSU Div. II golf history.

Chaplin’s Holly Knudsen placed 12th overall for the women Beavers’ squad thanks to back-to-back rounds of 83 at the Maverick Invitational.

The lady Beavers team was also third. Next up for Gedak and Knudsen is the Bemidji State Men’s Fall Invitational starting Monday.

Results from the events are not available due to a web issue with Spikemark.

Many other players will begin the season this weekend including Saskatoon’s Tommy Danielson and Chase Pochylko. The duo will compete for Div. 1 Nicholls State University for the first time after committing in the summer.

Golf Saskatchewan spoke with the two freshman this week ahead of their debuts that Danielson had to wait for the news on.

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