Men’s Golf Places Two Inside Top-5, Finishes Third at Clarke Fall Classic

Pictured: Noah Iovino (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Noah Iovino (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

GALENA, Ill. – In a tight race among a competitive field of teams, the Capital University men's golf team emerged out of the Clarke University Fall Classic in third place, propelled by three top-10 and two top-five individual finishes.

Juniors Noah Iovino (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) and Logan Holbrook (Logan, Ohio/Logan) each placed inside the top-5 and jostled with one another for the better spot on the individual leaderboard.

Iovino had the better score on day one having posted a 79 at the Eagle Ridge Resort's North Course. His Friday afternoon score was good for a share of third place, but right behind him was his teammate, Holbrook (81).

The two flipped individual placements on day two. Holbrook elevated from fifth to third after making a six-stroke improvement (75) on Saturday, leading to a two-day total of 156. Holbrook ended the day in a tie for third place, while Iovino shot a 78 and turned in a scorecard of 157 to claim a share of fifth. Holbrook finished just one stroke off the pace of the tournament medalists Devin Hartman and Dylan Dixon, both of St. Ambrose University.

Sophomore Jake Barstow (Logan, Ohio/Logan) was the third of four Crusaders to show improvement between days one and two, bettering his Friday score of 80 by one the following day. His weekend total of 159 placed him tied for ninth, overall.

Justin Dearth (86-84-170) and Ben McCollough (86-89) rounded out the Capital lineup for the team's weekend stay in Galena, Ill.

William Penn University won the weekend tournament after moving from fourth to first place. Its team total of 632 was five strokes better than second-place St. Ambrose, but more impressive was William Penn's 22-stroke improvement on Saturday.

Capital placed third with a 642 team total, just five strokes out of second place and 10 strokes ahead of fourth place Baker University.

Capital has one final tournament to round out the fall schedule. They will head to the Raider Fall Invitational at the Alliance Country Club (Alliance, Ohio) on October 15-16.