Following a fourth place finish at the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament on April 16, the Blue Streaks men’s golf squad was looking to place higher in the OAC Postseason Tournament. The team was successful, as the Blue Streaks notched a third place finish after three days and 72 holes of golf at the River Greens Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ohio.
Beginning on Friday, April 26, the tournament featured seven squads, including Otterbein University and the University of Mount Union, both top competitors this season. The Blue Streaks would have a steep hill to climb. Fortunately, junior Alex DiPalma stepped up big-time. He became the first JCU golfer to take first in the tournament since Matt Glovna achieved the feat in 1996. DiPalma’s 299 strokes (11 over par) narrowly bested Mount Union’s Jon Liester’s 300-stroke performance and Otterbein’s David Monaco’s 301-stroke finish. DiPalma’s best round was the first, when the junior finished the first 18 holes at just one over par, or 73 strokes.
“I knew that if I kept my head and played one shot at a time, I’d be right in the thick of things come Sunday,” he said.
DiPalma’s remarkable tournament allowed the Blue Streaks to threaten the
Cardinals and Purple Raiders on the scoreboard. JCU finished in third at 1,229 strokes, behind second-place Mount Union’s 1,216 and first-place Otterbein’s 1,213.
Freshman Nick Boccio also performed well for JCU, ending the tournament tied for ninth at 307 strokes. Senior Michael Whitmer (T-17), senior Nate Kreutzer (19th) and freshman Patrick Waldon (T-21) all placed in the top 25 for the Blue and Gold.