By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio – Capital University Men's Golf had a wild ride at this weekend's three-day Ohio Athletic Conference Championship. The Crusaders worked through a rough start but finished strong in their final round on Sunday, finishing just three strokes off the mark of the current team single-round school record. Cap finished eighth out of nine teams when all was said and done, led by senior Logan Holbrook's top-10 performance.
The tournament setup featured 72 holes to be played over three days. Teams played 27 holes on days one and two and then finished the remaining 18 on day three. All three rounds were played at River Greens Golf Course, Pine Greens (par 72, 6672 yards) in West Lafayette, Ohio.
Day one of the championship tournament on Friday landed Cap in a tough place after a scorecard collection error erased Chris Dearth's first-round score, which happened to be Cap's best score of the day. With Dearth's disqualification, which was not announced until after his first tee shot on Saturday morning, Capital's day one total was changed and an additional 13 strokes were added, dropping them from third to last place.
Senior Logan Holbrook (Logan, Ohio/Logan) began the tournament with a 73 on his first pass through 18, which was Cap's single lowest individual score until Sunday's final round when junior Ryan Czerniakowski and Ryan Wright joined him.
Otterbein raced out to a 22-stroke lead over the next nearest team on Friday, which set the tone for the top of the pack. Capital fought its way through the scorecard error and moved up into eighth place by the end of Saturday's 27-hole endeavor, surpassing Ohio Northern University. Cap then began its race to make ground on seventh-place Muskingum, who served as the host of the event.
After 54 holes, Capital carded a team total of 937 (316-314-207). Sunday's round of 18 was its best and a true testament to the character embedded within the team's starting five. All five players shot under 80, and four out of five carded a 75 or better. The scoring four (Holbrook, Czerniakowski, Iovino, Wright) combined to put together the fifth-best 18-hole score in CU history, which is three shots off the mark of the program record (293, 1980).
Cap's score on Sunday was 11 shots better than its next best round. Czerniakowski and Wright both shot 73s while Holbrook and Noah Iovino had matching 75s on the final 18.
Capital was unable to make up the ground necessary to surpass host Muskingum (1231), falling just two shots off from their final score. Cap finished in eighth place out of nine competing teams.
After 72 holes, Holbrook worked his way into an eighth-place finish after turning in a scorecard that read 297 (+10). Only three shots separated Holbrook and a top-five finish.
Czerniakowski finished tied for 18th after carding rounds of 77, 78, 78, and 73 to total 306 (+18) over the three-day tournament.
Iovino wrapped up his collegiate career with a 312 (80-80-77-75), 24-over par, to take a share of 31st place.
Wright's final score came in at 317 (86-80-78-73, +29), good for 42nd place.
Otterbein (1162) ran away with its fifth consecutive OAC Championship by 40 strokes. All five of its starters claimed a spot in the top-five on the individual leaderboard. The Cardinals' Sam Marty (287) won the individual championship by five strokes.