By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
BEVERLY, Ohio – A name not too often called upon emerged as the leader for the Capital men's golf team at this week's Pioneer Classic. Justin Dearth set the tone early for the Crusaders and helped the Purple and White finish second overall while scoring a fourth-place finish on the individual leaderboard.
Senior Justin Dearth (Dublin, Ohio) had one of his best rounds of the season to open up the Pioneer Classic and exited round one with a share of first place overall because of it. Sunday's action at Lakeside Golf Club left him with an 18-hole mark of 74, 4-over par, which was just one shot off his season best posted in the fall. He shared that low-round score with Ohio Valley University's Collin Lybarger.
As a team, Capital shot a 310 coming out of round one which put them in second place and just six shots off the pace of Ohio Valley (304). Sophomore Ryan Czerniakowski (Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Northview) ended the first 18 in ninth and was just three behind his teammate.
It quickly turned into a two-team race to the end that eventually favored OVU.
Modest gains were made by the Crusaders in day two action. Czerniakowski (77-76-153) picked up a stroke and finished in a tie for sixth overall. Senior Logan Holbrook (Logan, Ohio/Logan) and sophomore Nick Brunsman (Independence, Ohio/Independence) combined to improve by six strokes with the greater gain going to Brunsman. Both finished with tournament totals of 156 and a share for 11th place.
Dearth fell back into fourth place overall after posting a 76 in day-two action. He completed his tournament stay with a 150 (74-76), just one stroke off his season two-round best score.
Noah Iovino also made a four-stroke improvement (81-77-158) and finished 16th to round out the Capital five.
Ohio Valley (605) took the team title for the tournament while Capital finished 10 strokes behind as the tournament runner-up. The Crusaders held a good-sized buffer between them and third-place Heidelberg University (635).
The Ohio Athletic Conference Spring Classic is next on the docket for the Crusaders. They will head out to Northstar Country Club in Delaware, Ohio this Friday and Saturday, March 30-31.
photo credit: Marietta College Athletics