By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBIA STATION, Ohio – In her first weekend as a collegiate golfer, junior Sydney Kelly put forth a huge turnaround effort which helped reset multiple team and individual program records. She was one of two Crusaders to finish inside the top three on the overall leaderboard, and helped Capital Women's Golf place second among four teams at this weekend's Yellow Jacket Invitational.
Inclement weather at Mallard Creek Golf Club on Saturday hampered the efforts of the team, leading them to register a 359 round-one score. Despite a score that was influenced by rainy and windy conditions, they still placed second heading into Sunday action, where history was made for the women's program.
Junior Sydney Kelly posted the second-highest score (96) on Saturday with the interference of Mother Nature, but came back to record the biggest individual turnaround among any competitor in the 31-woman field. Her response the next day was historic and tied the lowest single-round score in recorded program history.
The Worthington, Ohio native came back with much more favorable weather and equaled a mark previously recorded in 2012 by Aly McGinnis. Kelly now shares the top spot for a single-round low score with her 79 scorecard that helped elevate her all the way to the top of the pack for a third-place finish.
Although done in a more consistent fashion, junior Katelynn Kinley (Sycamore, Ohio/Mohawk) tied her teammate for third place overall on the leaderboard. Kinley put up an 88 on Saturday bettered that performance by three strokes on Sunday afternoon, good for a 173 two-day total.
Freshman Madison Harsh (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) just missed a top-5 performance in her first collegiate weekend of action, but also showed great improved between rounds one and two. Harsh finished sixth overall by shooting a tournament total of 175 (91-84).
Collectively, Capital put forth a 698 over two days and finished second in the team standings. However, their day-two team score of 339 bettered tournament winner and back-to-back OAC Champion University of Mount Union (340) on Sunday. More impressively, it also set the new program for an 18-hole team low score by one stroke set by last year's team.
Capital finished 11 strokes off the pace of the Purple Raiders during this tournament. The Crusaders' tournament score also ranks second-lowest in program history.
John Carroll University finished in third, 20 strokes behind Capital, while host Baldwin Wallace University (753) wrapped up the field.
Capital will continue its success at the Heidelberg Fall Classic to be held Sept. 16-17 at Mohawk Golf and Country Club in Tiffin, Ohio.