WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio – After a strong start to the 2016 Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Gold Championship, the Capital University men's golf team gradually found its place in sixth by tournament's end. Freshman Logan Holbrook took away all-conference honors after placing sixth overall.
The end-of-the-year championship that spanned three days and four rounds of golf was played at River Greens Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ohio. Capital featured a strong start, leaving day one in second place with a team score of 300. They remained in that range all weekend long, but saw teams such as John Carroll University, Ohio Northern University and Baldwin Wallace University make major strides forward over the last three rounds.
Rounds two and three were played on Saturday, arguably the worst weather day of the championship. Capital shot 300 and 303 in those respective rounds, slipping back into fifth place at the end of Saturday's action. The Crusaders finished sixth overall with a final championship team scorecard of 300-300-303-301--1,204.
Holbrook, a freshman from Logan, Ohio, saw improvement over his final two rounds, leading to a share of sixth place on the individual leaderboard. After shooting a 76 in round two, Holbrook posted a three-shot turnaround later that day. He then matched his best single-round performance of his collegiate career with a 72 on Sunday, leading to his final 295. He shot a 72 early in the year in the second round of the Capital Fall Classic at Royal American Links on Sept. 18, 2015.
Senior Daniel Shafer (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) and Phillip Martin (Akron, Ohio) finished second and third, respectively, in Capital's lineup. Two shots separated the duo as Shafer (78-73-76-74) placed tied for 14th and Martin (76-74-77-76) placed tied for 16th, overall.
Freshman Noah Iovino (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) had a remarkable start to his first OAC Championship. Iovino shared first place overall after day one with a 72 scorecard, his best single round of the season. However, his scores slipped to 78, 78 and 79 over the rest of the weekend. He finished tied for 24th overall and 307 tournament score.
By placing inside the top 10, Holbrook was awarded with All-OAC laurels following the tournament. The top 10 placers in the championship automatically receive the honor. This marks the first such honor in just his first year in the program.
Regular season champion Otterbein University took the team and individual title. The Cardinals shot 1,152 as a team, led by David Monoco (278).