MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican men's golf team began its season in thrilling fashion by capturing a team tournament victory during Saturday's Mount Vernon Nazarene Fall Invitational at Chapel Hill Golf Course in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The Panthers were split into two squads for the event, ODU Black and ODU Gold, with both finishing on top of the leaderboard.
ODU Black compiled a total team score of 286 in the first round and 293 in the second round totaling 579 (+3) to finish in first place and claiming the tournament crown. ODU Gold tallied a team score of 300 in the opening round and 302 in the latter round to finish with a team score of 602, solidifying second place on the leaderboard. The win marks the first team championship victory since the 2019 MVNU Cougar Classic.
The outstanding performance also broke a record for the Panther men as they captured their lowest scores in 18 and 36 holes in relation to par.
The ODU Black team was powered by a strong performance from junior Ben Herman (Germantown, Ohio). He began the tournament in thrilling fashion by earning birdies on consecutive holes. Herman would go on and birdie two more holes on the front nine for a total of four. He added two more on the back nine to finish with a first-round 70.
Herman maintained a strong performance in the second round as he maintained even par or better during the latter round. He would finish the round with a 71 in the second round and his total score of 141 also earned him second place in the individual leaderboard.
It was a log jam behind Herman as two of his teammates battled for positioning. Juniors Dalton Crowley (Nashport, Ohio) and Robert Holden (Letchworth Garden City, Herfordshire, England) both finished the tournament with a combined score of 147.
Crowley scored a 73 and 74 in consecutive rounds, while Holden tallied a 78 and a 69 in consecutive rounds. Holden's second round 69 is tied for the 5th lowest in school history.
The ODU Gold team was led by junior Andrew Berger (Pataskala, Ohio). As was the case with Crowley and Holden, Berger scored a 147 on the course at Chapel Hill. He was flanked by senior Alex Heban (Toledo, Ohio) and freshman Alex Gomia (Monroe, Ohio) who shot combined scores of 150 and 152 respectively.
It's a lightning-fast turnaround for the Panthers as they compete in travel to Tiffin University this coming Monday and Tuesday to compete in the Kyle Ryman Memorial at Mohawk Country Club.
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