Women’s Golf Elevates in Tight Finish at OAC Preview

Pictured: Janie Moller (Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Janie Moller (Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

WEST LAFAYETTE, OhioJanie Moller led a big push by Capital University Women's Golf on the final day of the Ohio Athletic Conference Preview, helping the Purple and White finish third out of eight teams. The two-day tournament featured a competitive top half in which by the conclusion of the weekend just three strokes separated the top four teams.

Five teams exited day one with a serious chance to win the tournament held at River Greens Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ohio. The University of Mount Union left Saturday's action with a comfortable 12-stroke lead but saw that evaporate, leaving an opportunity for the field to catch up.

While Capital exited round one in fourth place, the team was just three strokes out of second place, led by a pair of 88's turned in by senior Janie Moller (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) and junior Kaitlyn Kinley (Sycamore, Ohio/Mohawk). Senior Katie Lease (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) was just one stroke of the pace of her teammates. She, Moller and freshman Madison Harsh (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) all bettered their scores on day two to help elevate up the team leaderboard.

Harsh (93-87-180), whose score was not used on day one, came back on Saturday with a six-stroke turnaround, marking the largest on the team. Even with her 87, Kinley made a big push into the top-10 individually which fed into Cap's 10-stroke improvement as a team.

After placing fourth on Saturday, Capital hopped Heidelberg with its team score of 346, which was the lowest day-two score among the field. It is now the third-lowest single round score in recorded program history. All three of those have occurred within the last calendar year under Head Coach Andy Garcia.

Capital closed the gap between it and Mount Union, especially after the Purple Raiders' rough second round. Despite Mount Union barely clinging on to the tournament win (341-359-700), Capital finished just two strokes off their heels. Otterbein University finished just ahead of Cap by a single stroke (701). Behind Cap was Heidelberg (703) and Ohio Northern University (712) in fifth.

Capital's team score of 702 over 36 holes is now the third-lowest two-round score, just behind their earlier performance at the Baldwin Wallace Invitational (698) and last year's 681 at their home tournament.

Moller finished with a share of sixth place overall (88-84-172), with Lease and Kinley both placing 13th (176). Sydney Kelly and Harsh both finished in 20th with 180 written on their scorecards.

Capital has one last tournament in its fall season, the Pat Clouse Invitational, at the Springfield Country Club on Oct. 7-8.