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JCU men’s golf chips its way to third place finish

September 26th, 2013

The John Carroll University men’s golf team continued their successful start as they competed in the Ohio Athletic Conference Fall Invitational at Columbia Hills Country Club’s 6,404-yard course over the weekend, finishing in third place with an overall score of 602.

Sophomore Casey Vancil was the top finisher for the Blue Streaks, posting a fourth place finish on the weekend.

On the first day, Vancil led the team with a 2-over-par 73 and a tie for sixth place.  Sophomore Nicholas Boccio shot a 76, senior Alex DiPalma ended with a 6-over par 77 and sophomore Darrin Grove and freshman Mark Chrzanowski both scored an 80.

The Blue Streaks wrapped up the day and first round with a score of 306, finishing in fifth place.

JCU had two golfers competing individually as well.

Senior Mike Hager totaled a 74 on Saturday, tying for 20th, and sophomore Jack Berry finished with a 77, positioning him in a tie for 31st place.

At 10:08 a.m. Sunday morning, Hager and Berry set out for round two, with JCU’s team following close behind with an 11:12 a.m. tee time.

Hager and Berry finished in 25th and 32nd place, respectively. Berry shot a 79 and finished with an overall score of 156. Hager’s score of 80 gave him a two-day total of 154.

Vancil led the team with a 1-over-par 71. He ended the weekend in fourth place with an overall 36-hole score of 145.

DiPalma ripped a 74, driving him 15 spots up the leaderboard and a two-round score of 152. Chrzanowski also posted a 74 on Sunday, finishing tied for 20th place. Grove tied for 25th with a score of 76 and a two-day total of 156, while Boccio’s 81 gave him a final score of 157.  Otterbein University grabbed the team title with a two-round team score of 578.

Following the Cardinals, the University of Mount Union placed second with 594, and the Blue Streaks edged out Capital University for third place with a team score of 602.

The JCU men’s golf team will compete in the Mount Union Fall Tournament on Sunday, Sept. 29 and Monday, Sept. 30 at the Tannenhauf Golf Course in Alliance, Ohio.

The Blue Streaks will be challenged by Heidelberg University, Hiram College, Baldwin Wallace University, the College of Wooster and host Mount Union.  The Blue and Gold will be looking to improve on last season’s fourth place finish.