Kingston’s Brad Boyle was once again part of a winning team at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference on Sunday as his Indiana University Pennsylvania (IUP) won their 4th consecutive PSAC Championship.
Sean Sweithelm fired a tournament-best round of 69 to rally for a one-shot victory and lead the IUP golf team to its fourth straight PSAC championship by a 20-shot margin over runner-up West Chester at the Hershey Links Golf Club.
The Crimson Hawks led by eight after Saturday’s opening round but shot a 1-over par 289 Sunday to open up their final margin. Following IUP and West Chester were Clarion (613), Millersville (624), Mercyhurst (643), California (645) and Gannon (651).
The four consecutive conference titles marks the second time that IUP has accomplished that feat, joining the 1989-92 teams. Slippery Rock followed with four straight wins from 1993-96 for the only other four-peat in PSAC history.
Sweithelm is the fourth straight IUP sophomore to win medalist honours. He overcame an opening round score of 76 to finish at 1-over par 145, edging West Chester’s Griffith Basehore by one shot when he birdied the 18th hole Sunday.
The Indiana High School graduate joins Gavin Smith (2007), Leo Acklin (2008) and Brad Boyle (2009) as the most recent four PSAC individual champions.
Zack Kempa, who led after the first round, finished at 147 and was in third place. Boyle and Derek Baker had scores of 151 and tied for 7th while Acklin tied for 16th at 159. Boyle shot a second-round 70 to join Sweithelm as two of only three golfers to go under par Sunday.
The Crimson Hawks resume in March for their spring season which includes the IUP-Cecil Spadafora Invitational and the NCAA Super Regional and national tournaments.
(With files/release material from IUP Sports Department)