By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
FLETCHER, N.C. – Capital University Men's Golf took the opportunity during its spring break to compete against a host of quality NCAA Division II schools in North Carolina, and over the last three days represented the Purple and White well against a strong field. Logan Holbrook finished third overall to top the Capital charts, while the team finished fourth out of six teams at the Mars Hill Spring Invitational.
Capital played two rounds at Broodmoor Golf Links in Fletcher, N.C. in the tournament hosted by Mars Hill University. Play began on Monday, February 26 on the par-72, 6,801-yard course and ended Tuesday afternoon, where Capital saw one of its own finish among the top in the 36-man competition.
Senior Logan Holbrook (Logan, Ohio/Logan) began the tournament with a first-round 77, which served as a respectable sixth-place standing at the end of day one. As solid as his score was his teammate, Justin Dearth, served as Capital's top performer on day one.
While Dearth stayed consistent with his performance on Tuesday, Holbrook rolled out a four-stroke improvement on the second day of action. While many scores improved up and down the leaderboard, Holbrook's improvement helped him leap three spots to finish third overall. He finished with a two-day total of 77-73-150 to lead the Crusaders.
Senior Justin Dearth (Dublin, Ohio) served as a consistent contributor toward the team's overall score putting forth a 77 in the second round of play. He finished just outside of the top 10, with his 153 (76-77) placing him 11th overall in the tournament.
Two Capital teammates tied for 19th in junior Noah Iovino (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) and sophomore Ryan Czerniakowski (Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Northview). Both players displayed incredible turnaround between rounds one and two. Iovino (83-76-159) was part of the Crusader starting lineup and finished third on the team. Czerniakowski competed as an individual, but his performance was nothing short of incredible. After a round one score of 88, he flipped the script and showed a 17-stroke improvement on Tuesday to mark the single-greatest improvement in the tournament. His second-round 71 was the round's best score, shared only with the tournament winner and runner-up.
Capital shot team scores of 319 and 312, good for a two-round total of 631, which placed them fourth out of six teams. They were the only non-Division II team in the field. Host Mars Hill University took the team title (308-291-599) and housed the top medalist, Harry Butler (73-71-144).
Capital will return to action on March 25-26 when they come back to the Buckeye State to compete at the Pioneer Classic at the Marietta Country Club (Marietta, Ohio).