By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
SUNBURY, Ohio – Capital University Women's Golf got to hoist the team champion trophy after its victory at Friday afternoon's Cardinal Classic, hosted by Otterbein University. The Crusaders won their first tournament in nearly eight years after edging out the host Cardinals at NorthStar Golf Club.
Capital broke a lengthy streak of 61 tournaments spanning more than eight years without a tournament victory. That streak is no more after the Crusaders beat out three other teams over 18 holes. It marks the first victory for Capital Women's Golf since 2010 when the Crusaders won the Defiance College Invitational at the Kettering Country Club.
Freshman Madison Harsh (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) led the Crusaders and placed second overall in a field of 23 participants after turning in an 85. This marked her second-lowest 18-hole score of the season and the first time she marked under 90 in six rounds of play.
Harsh was one of two Crusaders to finish inside the top five on the individual leaderboard, and all four turned in top-10 performances.
Coming in second on the Capital scorecard and sharing fourth overall was junior Sydney Kelly (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington). Kelly was two strokes off the pace of her teammate and logged in an 87 on Friday afternoon.
Junior Katelynn Kinley (Sycamore, Ohio/Mohawk) and senior Katie Lease (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) served as Capital's other top-10 finishers. Kinley tied for sixth place overall with an 88, while Lease claimed a share of ninth with a 90.
Senior Janie Moller (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) rounded out the Capital five with an 11th-place finish (91).
Marietta College's Jackie Cunningham ran away with top medalist honors by shooting a 78.
Host Otterbein came close to defending its home course but came up four shots short after putting forth a team score of 354.
Capital's winning score of 350 was the team's second-best 18-hole of the season and ties the fifth-lowest in recorded team history.
The Crusaders' next action will be Saturday, April 7 when they begin play at the Hanover College Women's Spring Match at Sunrise Falls Golf Club in Madison, Indiana.