Swinnerton with another top-5 finish; several other Sask. student-athletes see college careers end

Alex Swinnerton (Photo courtesy Josh Hill/IUPAthletics.con)

The spring college golf season south of the border continued this week with a plethora of action across the United States.

In Bedford, Pa. at the Old Course at Bedford Springs, Saskatoon’s Alex Swinnerton placed in the top-5 for the second straight week with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Crimson Hawks. On April 22 and 23 the Riverside Country Club member shot rounds of 75 and 78 to finish in a tie for fifth at 9-over par.

Fellow Crimson Hawk and former Waskesiu junior golfer Guillermo Salazar also tied for fifth at 153 by shooting 79 and 74. The team was second thanks to the strong performances of the two players.

Next for IUP is the NCAA Atlantic/East Super Regional from May 9 to 11 in Wheeling, W.V. at Oglebay Resort – Jones Course.

On April 22 and 23 at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, W.V. where Swinnerton and Salazar will play next week, Estevan’s Jace Carlisle was in action for Post University at a regional preview. On day one the TS&M Woodlawn staff member stroked an 80, but rebounded nicely on day two shooting 76, vaulting 36 spots up the leaderboard placing in 37th.

The Eagles placed ninth as a team out of a 26 school field, like Carlisle, the club jumped up the leaderboard on day two by five spots. Post is now scheduled to attend the NCAA Regionals joining the Crimson Hawks in the field in May.

Hallie Crozier helped the Ferris State Bulldogs to a fourth place finish in their latest event. The Regina golfer was at the GLIAC Championships in Augusta, Mich. from April 18 to 19 at Stonehedge Golf Club. Crozier shot 79 and 81 in the 36-hole tournament, good enough for a tie for 20th.

The NCAA East Regional from May 6 to 8 in Indianapolis, Ind. is next for Ferris State.

Cole Obrigewitsch is having a solid season for California State University – San Bernardino and that continued this week in Santa Rosa, Cal. at the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club. The Coyotes placed seventh as a team at the CCAA Championships, Obrigewitsch tied for 30th with a 54-hole score of 222. The Deer Valley resident opened with a 79 but fired back a 71 and 72 over the final couple rounds on April 22 to 24.

 The Coyotes are off to Las Cruces, N.M. on May 8 for the NCAA Regionals.

Caden Loeppky of Saskatoon has had a busy month of April for the Waldorf University Warriors. On April 20 and 21 the team was in Decorah, Ia. for the Luther Spring Classic at the Oneota Golf and Country Club. Competing for the Warriors ‘B’ team Loeppky shot 82 and 84, he tied for 49th place at 22-over par. The team was 11th.

The NSAA Championship is listed as Waldorf’s next event on April 29 and 30.

Josh Nagy’s impressive collegiate career has come to an end at Robert Morris University (RMU).

The reigning Saskatchewan Amateur Men’s Champion wrapped up his five-year stint with the Colonials in Howey-in-the-Hills, Flo. this week at the El Campeon Golf Course. Nagy led RMU again with a tie for 25th place. He carded rounds of 75, 75, and 76 to finish at 226.

The team was 10th overall in their final event of the season.

TJ Baker’s collegiate career ended for the University of Arkansas – Monticello this week. The Prince Albert product and his Weevil teammates were in Broken Arrow, Okla. on April 22 and 23 for the Great American Conference Tournament at the Club at Forest Ridge. Baker played well at the event, he bookended the three-round event with 76’s, the Waskesiu Golf Course player shot 81 in round two, overall, he finished a solid tie for 22nd place.

The Weevils were ninth overall.

In Kerrville, Tex., Chase Pochylko and Tommy Danielson’s rookie seasons for Nicholls University concluded at the Southland Conference Championship at Comanche Trace on April 22 – 24. Danielson was the teams’ low player going 74, 73, and 75 to place tied for 15th overall. Pochylko started with a tough 87, the 2022 Saskatchewan Junior Champion was much better in the second round shooting 74, he closed with an 82, tying for 44th at 243.

The Colonels were ninth in the team standings in the final event of their season.

More events will begin on April 26 for a handful of players before the busy weekend of May 9 to 12.