Crusaders are Runners Up After Final Day of OAC Championship

Daniel Shafer takes a swing at the Capital Fall Classic on Sept. 27, 2013, at Royal American Links in Galena, Ohio. (Jeff Mills photo)
Daniel Shafer takes a swing at the Capital Fall Classic on Sept. 27, 2013, at Royal American Links in Galena, Ohio. (Jeff Mills photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio – Capital University Men's Golf finished its three-day outing at the River Green Golf Club as runners-up at the 2015 OAC Men's Golf Championship. The Crusaders had four top-10 finishers, who all earn all-conference laurels, to pace their second-place team finish.

Junior Daniel Shafer (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) had the best single round of his career, posting a two-under par 70 on Sunday. It not only was the best single round score of the day, but the second-best single round of the entire tournament. Shafer's previous single round best was recorded during his freshman year when he shot a 72 in the first round of the OAC Fall Invitational at Columbia Hills Country Club.

Shafer now joins an elite club having shot the second-lowest single round score in Capital history. He joins six other individuals that have done so over the course of their Crusader careers since 2007.

Shafer was one of two Crusaders to have finished the Championship with a tournament total of 300. Senior Parker McComb (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) shot a five-over par 77 to equal his teammate and share fourth place on the individual leaderboard.

Sophomore Jeff Czerniakowski (Sylvania, Ohio) returned to his second-round form, shooting a 73 on the final day. He finished with a weekend score of 301 to finish tied for sixth place.

Sophomore Phillip Martin (Akron, Ohio) dropped slightly from fifth place to a share of ninth place after shooting an 80 round-four score. He rounded out Capital's four players than placed inside the top-10 list.

Shafer, McComb, Czerniakowski, and Martin all earn All-OAC honors by placing inside the top-10. Shafer is now a three-time all-conference selection while Czerniakowski adds a second trip to that list. For McComb and Martin, it is each their first such award.

Rounding out the Capital lineup was freshman Ryan Kimmerling, who improved from round three by four strokes to turn in a 79 on Sunday.

Otterbein University (1,188, +36) won the team award, defeating Capital by a total of 14 strokes. The University of Mount Union (1,225, +73) was 23 strokes back of Capital for third place. Mount Union's Nick Popely was the top medalist, shooting a four-round score of 295 (+7) and winning the tournament by two strokes.