Crawford earns conference weekly award recognition for the first time in his career and becomes the first Bobcat to earn such honors in 2018-19.
Crawford earned his first collegiate victory on Tuesday (Oct. 2), winning the Firestone Invitational by three strokes 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). 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 (Oct. 1). 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.
"It's a great feeling to see the hard work finally pay off," said Crawford. "I love Firestone, and to get my first collegiate win there is something special. Coach (Carter) Cheves has had a huge impact on the strong start due to his practicies and building a huge amount of confidence with every part of my game."
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.