MURRELLS INLET, S.C. – The Capital University men's golf team completed a two-day stay in Murrells Inlet, S.C. to compete in the Battle at the Beach, hosted by Tiffin University. The Crusaders were the lone NCAA Division III program in a field of 10 teams, where they placed eighth.
Capital began the 36-hole tournament on Friday afternoon at TPC of Myrtle Beach and played through Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders had control of seventh place after shooting a day one team total of 319, and followed that up with a 323 team scorecard. Their tournament placement banked on a two-day score of 642.
Senior Daniel Shafer (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) turned in Capital's top personal score, posting a 157 after two consistent rounds. His weekend total was good for a share of 19th place in a field of 63 competitors. He shot a 79 on day one and followed that up with a 78 on the final day.
Freshmen Noah Iovino (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) and Logan Holbrook (Logan, Ohio) shot the lowest first-day round (78) and joined Shafer having posted the lowest single-round score of the weekend. Both tallied an 83 on day two for a two-day total of 161 to share 33rd place. Iovino competed as an individual in this tournament.
Junior Jeff Czerniakowski (Sylvania, Ohio) shot a 164 (83-81) while classmate Phillip Martin (Akron, Ohio) posted a 165 (79-86). Junior Mitchell Cook (Bucyrus, Ohio) rounded out Capital's team scoring with a 167 (86-81).
Of the 10 teams competing at The Battle at the Beach, Capital was the only non-Division II school in attendance. Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.) took first place with a team score of 606. They held of Mars Hills University (N.C.) by seven strokes, and host Tiffin University placed third (617). Capital was six strokes off the pace of Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) and finished two strokes ahead of Alderson Broaddus University (W.Va.).
Northern Michigan University's Austin Elsner used a second-round 71 to take the tournament title with a 146, edging Mars Hill's Adam Lumley by one stroke. The top five finishers were only separated by a maximum of five strokes.
Capital will compete next on April 2-3 at the Ohio Northern Spring Invitational at Colonial Golf Club.