By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Logan Holbrook did not miss a beat despite the winter layoff as Capital Men's Golf jumped back into action in its annual spring break tournament. This year, the Crusaders traveled to Montgomery, Alabama to compete against a strong field of Division II opponents and saw some positive results that will bode well for the rest of the spring.
On a challenging course at RTJ Golf Trail at Capitol Hill, senior Logan Holbrook (Logan, Ohio/Logan) walked away from day one action in a tie for second place overall after he shot even par (72) through 18 holes. He matched his second-lowest score of the season and then returned to fire off a second round that fell just one stroke short of his opening day round.
Holbrook fell back six spots to finish with a share of sixth place overall, but only because each player inside the top 10 improved their respective score by a minimum of two strokes and some as many as seven. His final scorecard read 72-73-145, one-over par, which served as the team lead. He finished seven strokes off the pace of top medalist Peter Peng (70-68-138) of host Faulkner University.
Senior Noah Iovino (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) showed a four-stroke improvement between rounds one and two and jumped nine spots in the individual standings. After churning out an opening-round 80, Iovino came back on Tuesday and fired a 76 to move into a share of 21st place overall.
Among Capital's scorers, its most improved performance came from Ryan Czerniakowski (Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Northview). The junior shot six strokes better on his second run through of the course to go from an 83 to a 77 and total a 160 (+16). Czerniakowski finished tied for 29th and featured a 10-position improvement.
Junior Chris Dearth finished one stroke off the pace of Czerniakowski with a 161 (80-81), rounding out Cap's team scorecard.
Ryan Wright (86-77-163) showed the largest leap between rounds with a nine-stroke improvement from day one to day two. He and Luke McCollough (86-87-173) both competed as individuals. Nick Brunsman (88-85-173) also competed as Cap's fifth and final starter, but did not factor into the scoring.
The Savannah College of Art and Design - Atlanta (582) won the team tournament by 12 strokes over host Faulkner. Cap finished seventh out of nine teams behind a team score of 622.
Men's Golf will break for three weeks and return to the links at Lakeside Golf Club in Marietta, Ohio for the Marietta Pioneer Classic. The two-day tournament will take place on March 23-24.