By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2018 Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship will be hosted at River Greens Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ohio this weekend and the Capital University squad is ready for its run with one of its strongest and most experienced groups to date.
Play will begin on Friday, April 27, 2018 at River Greens Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ohio, the same venue as the OAC women's championship. The men's championship will be a three-round, three-day tournament that ends on Sunday, April 30. The first Capital golfer will tee off at 9 a.m., kicking off the entire championship.
Capital enters this weekend's championship after placing third in the regular season championship by way of its results from the two-part fall and spring OAC classics. Cap made a huge jump on the second day of the OAC Spring Classic, going from seventh to fourth overall to feeds its regular season championship scores. The Crusaders also placed fourth at the fall classic, but the team's 1,245 cumulative score placed them third behind Otterbein University (1,200) and John Carroll University (1,229). They jumped in front of fourth place Baldwin Wallace University by six strokes.
Capital will be led by senior Logan Holbrook (Logan, Ohio/Logan), who is averaging a per-round score of 76.47 strokes. His season-low came in the second round of the Raiders Invitational where he turned in a 69, marking the second-lowest score in program history and matching his career-low single-round score. Last year, Holbrook finished sixth at the OAC Championship and earned his first All-OAC honor. He is the only Crusaders on the roster with a top-10, all-conference finish. Twice this year and five times over his career Holbrook has been named OAC Male Golfer of the Week.
Junior Noah Iovino (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) will take the number two spot in the Capital lineup. He comes into this weekend with an average of 78.71 shots per round and a season low of 75, shot on the same day as Holbrook's season low. In his last action, he shot a 77 at a shortened Nye Intercollegiate Classic hosted by the College of Wooster.
Behind him is senior Justin Dearth (Dublin, Ohio) who had a solid spring with four out of seven rounds with a score of 76 or lower. His best two-day performance came at this spring's Pioneer Classic at which he shot 74-76-150 and finished runner-up at the tournament.
Ryan Czerniakowski (Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Northview) has had a solid sophomore campaign and is turning it up just at the right time. At the Nye Intercollegiate Classic two weeks ago he served as Cap's top performer with a top-10 finish and matched his season-low score of 76. For that, he was named OAC Male Golfer of the Week on April 16. On the year, Czerniakowski is averaging 79.89 shots per round but has shot lower than that in four of his last five rounds of play.
Rounding out the CU lineup is sophomore Nick Brunsman (Independence, Ohio/Independence) is averaging 81.22 per round and shot a season-low 76 on the second day of the Pioneer Classic earlier this spring.
Capital has finished in sixth place in back-to-back seasons and in 2015 notched a runner-up finish at the conference championship in Head Coach Andy Garcia's first season leading the team.
Otterbein has won two consecutive OAC titles and earlier this year claimed its seventh straight regular season championship.