Women’s Golf Smashes Program Record, Leaps into Third at OAC Championship

Pictured: Sydney Kelly (photo credit: Heidelberg University Athletics)
Pictured: Sydney Kelly (photo credit: Heidelberg University Athletics)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio – Once again led by freshman Madison Harsh, the Capital University women's golf team broke the program record for the single-round low score and jumped into a share of third place at the 2018 Ohio Athletic Conference Championship. Just nine strokes separate the Crusaders from first place with one round left to play on Sunday.

The Capital foursome that scored for the Purple and White tallied a team score of 329 which breaks the program's 18-hole low score record by 10 strokes. The previous best (329) was set last year at the Mallard Creek Golf Club as part of the Yellow Jacket Invitational, which senior Janie Moller and Katie Lease were also a part of.

With a seven-shot improvement from her round one score, freshman Madison Harsh (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) paced the play for the Crusaders on Saturday afternoon. After placing 11th on day one, Harsh's day two score propelled her into sixth place overall with a two-day total of 167 (87-80). Not only that, but Saturday's round also gives her a share of the third-lowest single-round score in Capital Women's Golf history. She now joins seven different players to shot an 80 in 18 holes.

All four Capital scorers turned in lower scores on Saturday. Joining Harsh with a significant improvement was junior Sydney Kelly (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) and senior Katie Lease (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson). Both shot an 82 on Saturday and continue to be separated by just one stroke. Kelly (88-82-170) is currently tied for 11th overall while Lease (89-82-171) sits tied for 13th. For Lease, her 82 marked a single-round season low by four shots.

Senior Janie Moller (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) was five shots better in round two after turning in an 85 on her scorecard. She rounds out the top 20 with a two-day total of 175.

Katelynn Kinley fell back to 25th overall after shooting a 92 on Saturday.

Otterbein University (672) also posted a substantial improvement up and down its lineup leading the Cardinals in first place after day two. They improved 24 strokes as a team and now lead second-place John Carroll University (680) by eight shots. Capital is just one shot off the pace of John Carroll, but share that mark with the University of Mount Union.

Ohio Northern University (690), Marietta College (697), Heidelberg University (732), and Baldwin Wallace University (753) round out positions five through eight.

Katelynn Kinley will kick off the final round of the championship for the Purple and White at 11:12 a.m. at River Greens Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ohio.