By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Capital University junior Logan Holbrook lit up the links at the Alliance Country Club (Alliance, Ohio) with an incredible day two performance, which fueled his victory at the University of Mount Union's Raiders Fall Invitational. Holbrook and the Crusaders collectively elevated their spot on the leaderboards from fifth to third overall, sporting the largest improvement between rounds one and two.
Capital entered the match with a small handicap as junior Noah Iovino was unable to compete on Sunday due to an illness. With only four players competing through windy and soggy weather conditions, Capital struggled to get the tournament started on the right foot. Despite this, the Crusaders shared fifth place with a first-round 328 score, still just five shots out of third place.
While Mother Nature changed her tuned on Monday, so did the Crusaders. With a full healthy lineup and the mental strength to leave the previous round in the past, Capital posted a 27-stroke improvement on Monday afternoon to leap into third place and find itself just one shot out of second place behind John Carroll University (311-317-628). Cap finished day two with a team score of 301, just one shot from joining the top 13 single-round scores in program history.
A large portion of the comeback was fueled by Capital junior Logan Holbrook (Logan, Ohio/Logan), who bettered his score by 11 shots on day two. After posting a team-low 80 on day one, Holbrook came out and blew away the field with the lowest individual round on Monday, and did so by four strokes. Andrew Thompson of Mount Union held a four-stroke lead after day one by shooting 70. With a scorecard of 69 combined with Thompson's 14-stroke lapse, Holbrook jumped him and went from 15th to first place overall.
Holbrook's day two performance also placed him in good company with a share of the second-lowest 18-hole score in recorded program history. He joins four others to have matched that mark.
The entire Capital roster made Monday's comeback possible. A day after falling ill and being unable to compete, Iovino returned to the course on Monday and shot a 75, fifth-lowest in the second round, to help compliment contributions from freshman Billy Rosemeyer (81-79-160), junior Connor Reed (87-78) and sophomore Nick Brunsman (80-85-165).
"This was a huge win for Logan [Holbrook] and our team," said Head Coach Andy Garcia after Monday's final round. "I am so proud of him [Logan] and Noah [Iovino] for what they did today. Noah was sick as a dog and put up a gutsy performance. Playing shorthanded in round one, our team really came together and ended the tournament and the fall season on a strong note."
The win serves as Holbrook's second top medalist finish in tournament action in his career, pairing with two dual match wins from last year.
Otterbein University won the tournament team title after shooting a 607 (310-297) over the two-day tournament.
Capital's fall season is now complete and will wait for the spring to continue its journey toward an Ohio Athletic Conference championship.