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Ohio Men's Golf's Crawford Wins Firestone Invitational

Ohio Men's Golf's Crawford Wins Firestone Invitational

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AKRON, Ohio -- 
Ohio men's golf sophomore Zach Crawford (Vandalia, Ohio) earned his first collegiate victory, winning the Firestone Invitational by three strokes today at the Firestone Country Club North Course with a total score of 206 (-10). Crawford's performance helped the Bobcats finish in a tie for third place with Eastern Michigan with a combined team score of 859 (-5).

Ohio opened the 54-hole tournament by tallying rounds of 281 (-7) and 283 (-5) on Monday (Oct. 1), the totaled a final-round 295 (+7) this afternoon. The Bobcats earned their first top-three finish under first-year head coach Carter Cheves. Ohio's combined team score marked the fourth-best three-round total in the history of the program. Tournament host Akron won the Firestone Invitational for the first time, improving two spots on the leaderboard with a final-round 286 (-2) to edge Furman by one stroke and Ohio and Eastern Michigan by two with a combined team score of 857 (-7).

"Our team did a tremendous job this week," said Cheves. "I'm happy with the progress we're making, and we will continue to push ourselves further."

Crawford was tied for second place heading into the third and final round after shooting matching rounds of 69 (-3) in the first two rounds on Monday. He saved his best for last, though, tallying a 68 (-4) in the third round to win the event. Crawford finished the tournament shooting -2 on the par 3s, -3 on the par 4s and -5 on the par 5s. He led the tournament with 16 birdies. After posting six birdies in the second round, he totaled five in the third. His total score marked the best of his young career and tied him with Peyton White (2015 Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational) for the second-best three-round total in program history. He became the first Bobcat to win a tournament since White won the Rutherford Intercollegiate in 2017.

"Crawford is playing at a high level right now," said Cheves. "He played well here last year, so he was confident going into this week. He put together a dominant performance, and we could not be happier for him." 

Sophomore Zach Mandry (Solon, Ohio) finished in a five-way tie for 17th with a career-best 216 (E). After shooting a career-low 71 (-5) in the first round, he set a new career best with a second-round 69 (-3). Mandry posted a final-round 76 (+4).

Senior Ben Sattler (Liberty Township, Ohio) tied with four others for 29th with a 218 (+2). He notched rounds of 70 (-2) and 71 (-1) on Monday and finished the tournament with a third-round 77 (+5).

Sophomore Tanner Johnson (Venetia, Pa.) tied for 34th with four other players with a career-best 219 (+3). He shot a new career best in the first round with a 71 (-1) and finished with two rounds of 74 (+2) in the second and third.

Sophomore Austin Dyson (Dublin, Ohio) tallied round scores of 77 (+5), 81 (+9) and 77 (+5) to give him a 235 (+19) and put him in 83rd.

Ohio heads to Bridgeport, W. Va. next week (Oct. 8-9), to take part in The Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational, which will be held at Pete Dye Golf Club.

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