By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
TIFFIN, Ohio – Capital University Women's Golf used this weekend to hone their skills at the Heidelberg University Fall Invitational, and that the team did. Capital posted a combined 15-stroke turnaround between rounds one and two of the tournament, leading to a fifth-place finish.
The tournament was held at Mohawk Golf and Country Club in Tiffin, and featured a 5,933-yard, par 73 course.
Freshman Madison Harsh (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) had a consistent showing and led the Capital lineup with a two-day total of 177. She turned in scorecards of 88 and 89, respectively, to place her in a share of 21st place.
The remaining Crusaders all featured some sort of improvement from their Saturday afternoon scores. Junior Sydney Kelly (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) turned in a five-stroke improvement after wrapping up her stay with an 87 on Sunday. She finished just two strokes off the pace of Harsh for a spot just outside the top 25 on the leaderboard.
The largest leap made between days one and two came from senior Janie Moller (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North). After missing the scoring cut on day one (98), Moller made a huge improvement by submitting the lowest score for Cap on Sunday. She finished with an 86, 12 strokes better than the previous day. Her performance was part of Cap's climb into fifth place on the team leaderboard.
Capital finished day one in a share for sixth after the team collectively put forth a 366 tally. Sunday was a more promising day for each golfer and the team, leading into the Crusaders escalating to sole possession of fifth place (366-351-717) out of 14 teams.
Saint Mary's College ran away with the tournament after besting the next-best team by 21 strokes after day one and rode that to a team victory (334-327-661). Ohio Northern University's Lydia Cranmer had a strong second day to lift her to top medalist honors (82-65-157).
Capital will compete next in the OAC Preview on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at River Greens Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ohio.