By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The turn of the athletic calendar brings new faces and this past weekend was the first time Capital University Men's Golf had the chance to display its new talent. The Purple and White opened the 2019-20 campaign as one of nine teams competing at the Gatorade Intercollegiate, hosted by The College of Wooster. Cap's top finisher was one of those that made the most of their debuts, held at Zoar Village Golf Club.
A STRONG DEBUT
Capital freshman Shane Murphy cracked into the top single-round scores in CU history when the Liberty Township, Ohio native put forth an impressive performance on Saturday afternoon. Murphy turned in a 71 in his first collegiate round, which put him in a tie for second place. While his Sunday score did not quite match up, his first tournament was still a success after completing the tournament with a share of fourth place. He carded a 76 in round two, good for a two-day total of 147.
While speaking of first-years making a difference, Angelo Donato was one of two Crusaders that put forth a seven-stroke improvement between rounds one and two. He and junior Ryan Czerniakowski turned in identical final scores on each day of the tournament with rounds of 81 and 74 in succession. Both finished tied for 20th.
- Senior Chris Dearth and freshman Collin Frimel finished in the middle of the Capital lineup after shooting matching 153s in different ways. Dearth was inside the top 10 after a first-round 74 but fell back to 17th after a 79 on day two. Frimel moved up to 17th after bettering his debut round (78) by three strokes on Sunday.
- Senior Nick Brunsman competed as an individual and placed 20th behind a 80-75-155.
- Three other Capital golfers competed as individuals, including debuts from first-years Jack Shoemaker and Vince Daher who both shot 160.
Cap (304-299) bettered its team score by five strokes but remained in fourth place to end the weekend. They fell one shot short of matching host Wooster and just three strokes off the pace of second-place Marietta College.
Baldwin Wallace took the team title with a 595 and housed the two individuals that shared first place behind a 143 scorecard.
The Crusaders' next action will come on Sept. 7-8 at the Cameo Pizza Battle at the Brook, hosted by John Carroll University at Plumbrook Country Club in Sandusky, Ohio.