October 9, 2012 Recap
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Daemen College may be a new member in the USCAA, but they have made their presence known at their first USCAA National Championship. The Wildcats pulled away from the field during Tuesday's final round of the 2012 USCAA Golf National Championships at the Penn State Blue Course, carding a team tournament low 13-over 301 on the second day of competition to take the championship by 15 strokes. Daemen's two-day total was 605.
The win today marks the first National Championship in any sport for Daemen, a long-time member of the NAIA, but now in its' first season of competition in the USCAA while transitioning to NCAA Division II.
"The result we got in this tournament is the product of a total team effort. I'm very proud of my team," said fourth-year head coach Matt Pokigo. "To win a National Championship is a great accomplishment for our program and it is further evidence that we're moving in the right direction."
Daemen also claimed the championship medalist, as Kyle Kapturowski (East Aurora, NY/Iroquois HS) came from a stroke back after the first day to win the individual title by three strokes over Apprentice School's Ben Hunter. Kapturowski fired a 3-under 69 on the final day to finish at even par 144 over the two day tournament.
"I couldn't be happier for Kyle," Pokigo added. "He's been a staple of our program for a few years now and he works hard on his game. To see him rewarded in this manner is truly a blessing."
Defending team champion Lindenwood-Belleville made a charge in round two, but could not repeat despite jumping up one spot to finish as the runner-up.
Hunter, the 2010 Champion and 2011 third-place finisher, shot the only other under par round of the tournament, grabbing a 2-under 70 on day two to finish solely in second.
But the day belonged to Kapturowski. Starting one stroke back of first round leader and teammate Eli Cobti (Akron, NY/Akron HS), Kapturowski carded a tournament best seven birdies over two days. Cobti fell off on day two, but still finished in the top 20 in a tie for 17th after a final round 85. Lindenwood-Belleville's Justin Robinson finished in third with a two-day 5-over 149, and Apprentice School's Kyle Mutter grabbed fourth at 151. Penn State New Kensington's Adam Stawski and NHTI's Andy Levins rounded out the top 5 with an 8-over par 152.
The 2013 USCAA Golf National Championships will return to the Penn State Blue Course.
FULL RESULTS: http://theuscaa.com/2012-2013_Press_Releases/RD2COMBO.PDF