The John Carroll University men’s golf team looked to conclude the fall season at the Rivers Green Invitational with a victory on Sunday, Oct. 6. They did just that in a closely contested tournament that came down to only one stroke, with JCU on top over the second place University of Mount Union,, 443 to 444.
Heading into the tournament, the JCU men’s golf squad was riding a hot streak, winning two of its first three tournaments of the fall season. These victories helped give them confidence as they came into their final tournament of the fall season, especially for senior Alex DiPalma, who has been a consistent and dominant player all season. DiPalma finished Sunday with a 1-under-par 71 in the 18-hole format and continued that success with a 1-over-par 37 on the final nine holes to finish at an even par 108, good enough to earn him co-medalist honors with Mount Union’s Mitch Johnson.
The sophomore trio of Darrin Grove, Nick Boccio and Jack Berry made huge contributions in order to help earn JCU a victory. Each one tied for eighth by hitting a 112 for the 27-hole tournament.
“Our hard work this summer is really why we are playing well, even though we are only sophomores,” Berry said,
Another golfer who was in action Sunday was sophomore Casey Vancil, who tied for 12th. He had a tough start by shooting a 5-over-par on the first 18 holes, but he bounced back down the stretch finishing with just a one-over-par 37 to give him a 114 for the tournament.
The Blue Streaks concluded the fall season with three tournament wins in the Poppa Flowers Tournament, the Mount Union Invitational and now the Rivers Green Invitational.
Grove noted that the team is looking forward to the spring season.
“It was a good season,” he said. “When the spring comes, we hope to continue the good play at the OAC Tournament and hopefully make it to Nationals.”