The Firestone Invitational was one of firsts for Zach Crawford — and the Bobcats.
Crawford earned his first collegiate win, leading the tournament with 16 birdies in 54 holes and shooting a 10-under-par 206.
Ohio placed third overall in the tournament, which was played at the Firestone Country Club North Course last weekend, shooting 859 for a combined 5-under par. This marked first year coach Carter Cheves’ first top-3 finish in just his third tournament at Ohio.
The Bobcats had a well-balanced performance in holes of all lengths at the tournament. Ohio golfers scored in the top five in par 3, 4 and 5s. Most notably, senior Ben Sattler shot 8-under on par 5s, tying him for third in that category. Crawford and fellow sophomore Zach Mandry were first and tied for third, respectively, on par 3s. Crawford rounded out the performance, tying for fourth on par 4s.
Heading into the final round on Sunday, Crawford was tied for second, having shot 69s (3-under) in each of the two previous rounds. He capped off his tournament with his best round of the weekend, a 68 (4-under). His total score was the lowest of the year — and of his Bobcat career.
This weekend, Ohio will travel to Bridgeport, West Virginia, to play in the Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational, held at Pete Dye Golf Club.