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IUP ROUNDUP: Golf team wins spring opener

on March 25, 2013 10:20 AM

The IUP men’s golf team picked up where it left off in the fall season, winning the team title at the St. James Plantation Invitational on Saturday to tee off the spring portion of its schedule.

IUP placed three golfers among the top five individual finishers in Southport, N.C., and ran away with the team title, winning by 21 strokes.

The win is IUP’s fifth in seven tournaments overall this season.

The Crimson Hawks won four of the six competitions during the fall season, capped by their sixth straight Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference team title on Oct. 21.

On Saturday, Indiana native Sean Sweithelm fired a 2-under-par 142 over 36 holes to lead IUP and finish second overall.

California’s Charlie Durman was the lone golfer to post two under-par rounds and won with a 140.

Sweithelm matched Durman with a 69 in the second round, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the two-stroke lead Durman built in the opening round.

Sweithelm’s 69 was one of only six under-par rounds.

Zack Kempa (144) took third for IUP, closing strong with a 69 in the second round. Ken Sames (148) finished in a tie for fourth with Concord’s Stefan Labuschagne.

Derek Baker (T-16th, 154) and Jack Owen (T-27th, 156) rounded out IUP’s top five finishers.

IUP finished at 7-over-par 583, 21 strokes ahead of California (604). St. Thomas Aquinas was third (606).

IUP will compete at Towson’s Whiting-Turner Classic this weekend.

Lacrosse match halted in 1st half

Seeking just the second 4-0 start in school history, IUP didn’t get a chance to see how it would stack up in a measuring-stick game against one of the top programs in Division II.

With 1:11 to play in the first half, Sunday’s game was stopped due to poor field conditions with IUP trailing Pfeiffer, 7-6, in Misenheimer, N.C.

The game will not count toward either team’s record and will not be rescheduled.

Ranked No. 6 in the country, Pfeiffer entered the game 11-0.

IUP’s only 4-0 start in the 16-year history of the program came in 2000.

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