Swinnerton dominates in first college win

Alex Swinerton picked up his first collegiate championship this week in Pennsylvania.

Saskatoon’s Alex Swinnerton has his first college championship.

The freshman at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) lapped the field at the Dr. Edwin B. Cottrell Invite in West Chester, PA. on Tuesday winning by eight shots over Crimson Hawk teammate Jackson Buccigross at the Penn Oaks Golf Club.

The 6700-yard, par-71 course saw just two under-par rounds by the 41-player field, both by Swinnerton who shot 70 in round one Monday, he stroked a 68 in round to to finish at 4-under par for the 36-hole tournament.

Swinnerton was ninth in his event a couple weeks ago, this previous week he was tied for third, both performance earned the Waskesiu Golf Course member back-to-back PSAC Men’s Golfer of the Week.

Fellow Waskesiu Golf Course member Guillermo Salazar was also inside the top-10 at the two-day event. The Calgary product shot 73 and 78 to place tied for seventh at 9-over par, 151.

IUP won the team event as well by 13 shots over Gannon thanks to Swinnerton’s win. Their next event is the Bill Blazer Memorial in Urbana, Ohio on April 7.

Swinnerton, 18, spoke with Golf Saskatchewan’s Clark Stork following the win.

Elsewhere, in Denton, TX. at the Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch Prince Albert’s TJ Baker and Estevan product Chase Gedak were competing for the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) this week at the DBU Classic.

Gedak tied for 42nd at the 54-hle hole event shooting 74, 75, and 77 for a , total of 10-over par, 226. Baker was a stroke back in a tie for 48th at 11-over par, 227 (78, 76, 73).

The Weevils were 15th as a team. The next tournament for UAM is the Natural State Classic in Cabot, AR. on April 17.

Saskatoon’s Will Danielson, a sophomore at Milsaps College was in Millington, TN. on April 2 and 3 alongside his Majors teammates for the Rhodes Spring Classic at the Mirimichi Golf Club.

Danielson carded rounds of 73, 78, and 78 for a 54-hole total of 229. He tied for 18th in the three round tournament, the Majors were sixth as a team.

Next up for Milsaps is the SAA Championships in Dickson, TN. on April 28 to 30.

On March 30 and April 1, the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat and Regina product Hunter Kutcher were in Goodyear, AZ. for the Hot Dirt Shootout at the Golf Club of Estrella.

Kutcher fired a round 72 in the opening round then went 78 and 88 for a 54-hole total of 238. He was tied for 71st overall. The Heat team was 11th.

The Heat squad will now prepare for the Canadian University Championship on May 30 in Komoka, Ont.

Alex Schmidt of Regina and the Lewis-Clark State Warriors had their event this week cancelled due to snow. Their team will now prepare for the Cascade Conference Championships on April 24 to 26 in Cresswell, OR.