By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
GALENA, Ohio – Capital University and Otterbein University teamed up to create the inaugural Columbus Cup, match play style tournament held at two locations over a two-day span. The Crusaders cruised by Marietta College on Saturday's opening round to set up a rivalry championship match on Sunday.
The tournament began on Friday at NorthStar Golf Club in Sunbury, Ohio where Capital met up with Otterbein, Ohio Northern University, and Marietta College. Otterbein rolled on the opening day in an 8.5-1.5 victory over Ohio Northern to set up a meeting with Cap in the championship round on Sunday.
Capital made quick work of the Pioneers in the first taste of match play on Saturday at NorthStar, taking the contest by a 7.5 to 0.5 final score. The only concession to the Pioneers was the bout between junior Ryan Czerniakowski and Marietta's Gage Herb. That match was halved, which split the point between them. The remaining seven points went to Capital after wins by Colin Frimel (4-and-3), Angelo Donato (8-and-7), Shane Murphy (2-and-1), Vince Daher (3-and-1), Luke McCollough (8-and-7), and Nick Brunsman (6-and-4). Senior Chris Dearth made his victory over Dylan Tucker dramatic by going neck-and-neck then pulling out the win on the 18th hole.
Sunday's championship round set up yet another rivalry classic between Capital and Otterbein, one that was far closer than the 9-2 score indicated. Though the Cardinals came away with the victory, encouraging performances ran up and down the scoresheet.
Both teams dressed 11 competitors. Cap's lone straight-up victory came from Luke McCullough who edged out Spencer Jordan by clinching on the 17th hole. Capital's Angelo Donato and Ryan Wright then halved their respective matches to accumulate its remaining point.
Five different matches finished on the 16th hole or later, including a dramatic finish between freshman Jack Shoemaker and Trevor Deere. Shoemaker was down four with five holes to go and tied it up going into the final hole. Deere took the 18th for the match and the point, the team's eighth.
Capital will pack its bags for West Lafayette, Ohio for the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Preview on Sept. 28-29. The two-day tournament will be played at River Greens Golf Club.