Bell picks up first top-3 finish; Swinnerton inside top-5 in IUP team win

The IUP Crimson Hawks won the Cecil C. Spadafora Invitational this week in Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy

Another busy week for Saskatchewan student athletes in the United States.

Carter Bell of Saskatoon has his first top three finish after a solid performance in Kohala Coast, Hi. From April 15 to 17, competing for the Dominican University of California Penguins at the PacWest MG Championship at Mauna Lani North Course the Riverside Country Club player opened with an 81, but answered with a 70 on day two, and 71 in the third round that left Bell just two strokes off the win. That helped Bell lead his team to a fifth place finish.

The Penguins will return from the island of Hawaii and begin preparations for the NCAA West Regionals in Las Cruces, N.M. at the NMSU Golf Course on May 9 to 11.

Saskatoon product Alex Swinnerton and fellow Waskesiu junior graduate Guillermo Salazar and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Crimson Hawks won their home event this week at the Indiana Country Club.

Swinnerton shot 70 in round one on Monday and 71 in the second round to tie for fourth place, Salazar went 70 and 72 tying for sixth place. IUP won the Cecil C. Spadafora Invitational by 16 shots over Charleston.

Next up for the Crimson Hawks is the Bedford Springs Invitational in Bedford, Pa. at the Old Course at Bedford Springs on April 22 and 23.

TJ Baker of Prince Albert continues to wrap up his final college season with Arkansas – Monticello University (AMU). The Weevils were in Cabot, Ark for the Neutral State Golf Classic at Cypress Creek Golf Club on April 15 and 16. Baker went 78, 74, and 73 for a 54-hole total of 225, that left the Waskesiu member and staffer in a tie for 18th in the field. The Weevils was a solid fourth overall in the team competition. AMU will travel to Broken Arrow, Okla. for the Great American Conference Tournament at The Club at Forest Ridge on April 21 for the team’s next event.

Colby Friedrich of Battleford opened his spring season with the University of Providence this wek in Helena, Mont. In the one-day challenge event with Carrol College Friedrich shot 76 tying for second overall on April 13 at Bill Roberts Golf Course.

The Red River Conference Championship on April 29 to May 1 is the Argos next action at the Victoria Golf Club in Victoria, Tex.

At the Cal Pac Championship at Olivas Links Golf Course in Ventura, Cal. Nipawin’s Cole Taylor and the Park University Bucs were in action this week. The Evergreen Golf Course staff member shot 80, 78, and 76 to leave himself all alone in 20th place.

Park was third out of six schools in the team competition. The Bucs season is over concluding Taylor’s freshman year.

Saskatoon’s Will Danielson also finished just outside the top-20 at his event with Milsaps College in Muscle Shoals Ala. on April 14 to 16 at Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals for the Visit Florence Intercollegiate. Danielson shot 77 in round one, 74 in the middle round and another 77 in the final round, leaving the Riverside Country Club player in a tie for 21st overall at 228.

Josh Nagy of Saskatoon is close to concluding his collegiate career at Robert Morris University (RMU). The Colonials were at the Pete Dye Golf Club on April 15 and 16 for the Mountaineer Invitational in Bridgeport, W.V. The reigning Saskatchewan amateur men’s champion opened the 4-hole tournament with a 74, he shot 75 in round two, an 82 in the third round dropped Nagy to tie for 63rd overall. RMU tied for 12th as a team in the 16 school field.

On Saturday (April 20) the Colonials will start the Horizon League Championship at Howey-in-the-Hills, Flo.

The Majors were seventh as a squad out of 12 schools at the event. The SAA Championships are next for Milsaps starting April 26 in Dickson, Tenn. at the Greystone Golf Club.

The Waldorf Warriors and Caden Loeppky continued their spring session in Fort Dodge, Ia. on April 12 and 13 at the Fort Dodge Country Club. Competing for the Warriors ‘A’ team, Loeppky shot 78 and 88 during the two-round event, he was tied for 54th place. The team was eighth.

The Luther Invitational on April 20 and 21 is next for Waldorf.