McComb, Crusaders Elevate on the Leaderboard

McComb, Crusaders Elevate on the Leaderboard

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio – Major improvement was witnessed up and down the Purple and White's lineup following the second round of the 2015 Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship. After completing 36 holes at River Greens Golf Course on Saturday, the Capital University men's golf team has moved into second place, led by Parker McComb and Phillip Martin.

All players completed 36 holes to close out rounds two and three of this year's championship. A congested leaderboard began seeing some clarity while teams bounced around the team standings. Capital jumped Ohio Northern University for second place, while the University of Mount Union made a major leap from sixth to third. Ohio Northern took the biggest fall, dropping from second to fifth place.

Senior Parker McComb (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) was one of four Capital golfers to make improvements in his play on Saturday. He moved from eighth place to a share of third, steadily lowering his scores from round one to round three. After shooting a 76 on day one, he returned with a 74-73 (223) scorecard to move inside the top-5. Both scores from Saturday marked new season single-round bests.

Sophomore Phillip Martin (Akron, Ohio) continued to shoot well with a 77 in his first pass through the course and then shooting a new season-best 74 in his third round. He will enter the final day tied for fifth with a 226 individual total.

The biggest leaps forward were made by sophomore Jeff Czerniakowski (Sylvania, Ohio) and junior Daniel Shafer (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson), each leaping into the top-10 for the championship.

Czerniakowski made an eight-stroke improvement from round one, shooting a team-best par-72 and then a 76 for round three. He now is tied for eighth with a 228 total. His 72 marks the fourth-lowest single-round score shot by a Capital male golfer. He shares that honor with four others and was last accomplished in 2013.

Shafer showed the most improvement from round to round, dropping 10 strokes off of his score from the first to second round. He now has a tournament total of 83-73-74-230 through three rounds of play.

Freshman Ryan Kimmerling (79-78-83-240) rounded out the Capital lineup, also showing improvement between day one and day two.

The final day of the 2015 OAC Championship will commence on Sunday at 10 a.m. with Capital teeing off with group two at 10:40 a.m.