By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
SUNBURY, Ohio – Capital University senior Noah Iovino claimed a tournament victory for the first time in his collegiate career after taking top medalist honors at the Cardinal Spring Classic. The tournament took place this weekend at the NorthStar Golf Club, where Capital took second place as a team.
Noah Iovino (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) went into Sunday's action tied for a share of sixth place on the individual leaderboard. As the weather worsened, scored of those around him took an upward turn. For Iovino, however, the senior remained in control of his game and actually bettered his mark on Sunday. After shooting a 75 on his first pass through, Iovino came back and shot one stroke better on Sunday, which put him in a tie for first place with Marietta's Devin Webster (75-74-149).
Iovino and Webster actually turned in identical scorecards after the second round concluded on Sunday. With the weather worsening in the area, they went to the scorecards to calculate the tiebreaker and find a winner. Based on scores on holes with the lowest handicap, Iovino was named the top medalist after going to a fourth hole tiebreaker.
"I am so proud of Noah," said Head Coach Andy Garcia. "His growth over the past four years has been unbelievable to watch and as a coach I couldn't be happier for him. Not many people in golf put in the work and countless hours that he sacrifices, and all that work has paid off for him today."
Capital exited the first round in second place and maintained that spot after hole number 36 was concluded. The scorers varied from day to day based on performances, though Ryan Wright and Chris Dearth remained constants on both days. Wright tied his season single round low score (76) in round one and then came back to better that on Sunday by two strokes. He finished the tournament tied for third overall with a two-day score of 150.
Dearth also showed improvement between rounds, shooting an 81 on his first pass through and a 78 on Sunday. Dearth tied for 15th overall.
Junior Ryan Czerniakowski fired Capital's lowest single-round low score (73), also serving as a career low. However, he slid back on day two with an 87.
Senior Logan Holbrook factored into the scoring after shooting 81-80-161 over the weekend.
Capital will break for two weeks and return to action at the Country Club of Hudson for the OAC Spring Classic, hosted by John Carroll University. The OAC Spring Classic will be held on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27.