By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
SUNBURY, Ohio – After two rounds and 36 holes at the OAC Spring Invitational, Capital University Men's Golf finished the tournament in fourth place out of nine teams after a big leap in the standings on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Logan Holbrook (Logan, Ohio/Logan) maintained a level of consistency over the course of the weekend and turned in a team-low 155 (77-78). He finished inside the top 10 of the tournament's 63-player field, placing eighth on the individual leaderboard.
Among the four individuals that counted toward Capital's final score, junior Noah Iovino (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) showed the largest improvement. Iovino improved by three strokes with a round-one score of 81 on Friday before following that up with a 78 in the second round. He ended up taking home a share of 15th place.
Also making moves up the leaderboard were freshman Ryan Wright (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy) and senior Justin Dearth (Dublin, Ohio). Both ended day one in a share for 37th place but following their second pass through the course found themselves inside the top-25. Wright turned in a scorecard of 82-80-162 to place 21st while Dearth subtracted one stroke from his score on day two (82-81-163) for a share of 25th.
Sophomore Ryan Czerniakowski (Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Northview) showed the largest improvement between rounds one and two, and made an impact in Capital's seven-stroke improvement as a team. Though his first-round numbers were outside the top four for Cap, he bettered his score by six shots (85-79) to finish the tournament with a grand total of 164.
Capital (322-315-637) went from seventh to fourth place in the team standings with its seven-stroke improvement. They leaped Heidelberg University (640), Baldwin Wallace University (646) and Ohio Northern University (648) after Saturday's final round. Cap finished six strokes back of the University of Mount Union and John Carroll University, which shared second place overall (631).
Otterbein University (303-310-613) won the team title and its eighth straight OAC regular season championship. They also hosted the tournament's top medalist, Austin Wells (75-74-149) and three top-five finishers.
Cap's next action will be at the Nye Intercollegiate Classic, hosted by The College of Wooster at the Wooster Country Club (Wooster, Ohio). It will be a two-day event on April 14-15.