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Ohio Men's Golf's Crawford Earns All-MAC Second Team Honors

Ohio Men's Golf's Crawford Earns All-MAC Second Team Honors

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MAC Release

ATHENS, Ohio -- Ohio men's golf sophomore Zach Crawford (Vandalia, Ohio) has been named to the 2019 All-Mid-American Conference Second Team, as announced by the league office today.

A finance/marketing major, Crawford put together a breakout season in 2018-19, averaging a team-best 72.62 over 26 rounds and 1,888 strokes and competing in all 11 events for the Bobcats. He earned all-conference recognition for the first time in his career.

Crawford recorded three top-seven finishes, including a first-place finish at the Firestone Invitational (Oct. 1-2) at Firestone North Course in Akron, Ohio. He won the Firestone Invitational by three strokes 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. Crawford was named the MAC Golfer of the Week for the first time in his career for his effort at the Firestone Invitational.

Crawford was the top finisher for Ohio at the weather-shortened 2019 MAC Championships at Club Walden in Aurora, Ohio last weekend, tying for 13th place with a two-round total of 149 (+5). After shooting a 78 (+6) in the first round, Crawford came back with a 71 (-1) in the second to move up nine spots on the leaderboard. The Bobcats tied for sixth place with Miami with a two-round total team score of 603 (+27). Ohio improved on a first-round 310 (+22) with a second-round 293 (+5).

The Bobcats completed their first season under the direction of first-year head coach Carter Cheves in 2018-19. Cheves guided the Bobcats to three-top five finishes this season, including a second-place finish at the Phoenix Intercollegiate (Oct. 15-16, 2018).