By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio – Coming out of Friday afternoon's action Capital University Women's Golf is in a good position through the first round of play. The Crusaders are currently in fourth place and just four shots out of third after day one of the OAC Women's Golf Championship at River Greens Golf Course.
Led by freshman Madison Harsh (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson), the Crusaders finished the first round with a team score of 352 (+60), and the race for the title is far from over. Only six shots separate all teams that placed third through sixth with 36 holes yet to play.
Currently, three Crusaders are in line for an all-conference finish based on the opening day of action. Cap's top three finishers finished just one shot apart from each other led by Harsh's 87 (+14) in round one. She is currently in 11th place overall and just four shots out of second place (Lydia Cranmer, ONU).
Juniors Kaitlynn Kinley (Sycamore, Ohio/Mohawk) and Sydney Kelly (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) shared 12th place with three other competitors with matching 88 scorecards.
Senior Katie Lease (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) rounded out Capital's scorers with an 89, though fellow senior Janie Moller (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) was just one shot behind her after shooting 90. All five Crusaders finished inside the top 20 of the 40-woman field.
The University of Mount Union and John Carroll University tied for first place after shooting 343 (+51). Otterbein came in behind them with a 348, leading into Capital's fourth-place score.
Marietta College (353) and Ohio Northern University (354) are both on Capital's heels with Heidelberg University (374) and Baldwin Wallace University (386) rounding out the eight-team field.
Marietta's Jackie Cunningham (74, +1) is currently in first place and holds a nine-stroke lead over the next nearest competitor.
Harsh will be the first Crusaders to tee off in Saturday's second round at River Greens Golf Course, doing so at 10:40 a.m.