Phillips Shoots Season-Best to Guide Capital to Third Place After Round 1

Phillips Shoots Season-Best to Guide Capital to Third Place After Round 1

Related links: 2015 OAC Men's Golf Championship home page

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio – The Capital University men's golf team posted a strong start to this weekend's three-day Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship, placing third out of eight teams. Phillip Martin shot his best 18-hole round of the season to lead the Crusaders at the River Greens Golf Course.

Martin, a sophomore from Akron, Ohio, tackled the par-72, 6,668-yard head on, shooting three-over par 75 (38-37) after the first round of play on Friday. For Martin, that is his best 18-hole round of the season and second-best of his career.

In limited time, Martin's best score was a 76, which he shot on the second day of the Purple and White Invitational at Royal American Links (Galena, Ohio). His best round came during his freshman year when he shot a 73 in the first round of the Irish Creek Invitational in North Carolina.

Martin currently owns a share of sixth place on the individual leaderboard. He finished tied with Baldwin Wallace University's Scott Schroeder with a round-high four birdies and was one of four golfers to shoot two-under par on par-5 holes to lead the field.

Directly behind Martin is senior Parker McComb (Gahanna, Ohio) who shot a 76 (38-38) on day one. He finished just one shot off the pace of his teammate on the back nine. He also placed inside the top-10, sharing eighth overall.

Capital finished with a first-round 310, placing them third overall. Their scorecard was rounded out by freshman Ryan Kimmerling (42-37-79), sophomore Jeff Czerniakowski (40-40-80) and junior Daniel Shafer (39-44-83).

Otterbein University is currently in first place having shot 297 and placing three golfers inside the top two spots on the individual leaderboard. Four of their starting five finished inside the top-10, including individual leader Austin Wells (36-37-73).

Ohio Northern University (306) resides in second place, four strokes in front of Capital. They have two golfers in a four-way tie for second place.

It is currently a tight race for team positions three through six. Behind Capital are Baldwin Wallace University and John Carroll University (311), just one shot off their heels. The University of Mount Union shot a 312 to remain just two shots out of third.

Muskingum University, who is serving as the host of the 2015 OAC Men's Golf Championship, is far from out of it after shooting a first-round 319. Heidelberg University (327) currently rounds out the field.

Round two will commence on Saturday with teams beginning play at 9 a.m. Capital will begin teeing off at approximately 9:26 with the second group that includes JCU and Muskingum.

For more information on the 2015 OAC Men's Golf Championship and the hosting course, click here