Lease Earns Fourth All-Conference Honors, Cap Finishes Fourth at OAC Championship

Pictured: Four-time All-OAC honoree Katie Lease (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Four-time All-OAC honoree Katie Lease (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio – A day after its record-breaking third round the Capital University women's golf team made its final charge at the 2018 OAC Championships at River Greens Golf Course. The top of the field made serious strides forward while the Crusaders stayed the course and found middle ground between its first two rounds and settled into fourth place by tournament's end. Through it all, Capital's Katie Lease became a four-time All-OAC honoree after finishing in the top 10 of the field.

The Capital seniors shot well in the final round of the three-day championship tournament each posting sub-85 scores. For the second day in a row, Katie Lease (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) put forth an 82 to lead the Crusaders on Sunday. Janie Moller (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) turned in her best performance of the weekend with an 84, one shot better than Saturday. That also matched her own season-low single-round score.

Junior Sydney Kelly (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) finished just outside the top 15 after shooting an 88. One shot behind her was Katelynn Kinley (Sycamore, Ohio/Mohawk) with an 89. Together, the group turned in a 343 as a team on the final day.

After leading the Crusaders following the first two rounds, freshman Madison Harsh fell back and shot a 95 to place her 20th overall and fourth on the team after the weekend concluded.

Meanwhile, the University of Mount Union (1,003) made a large leap past Cap and all the way to the top of the leaderboard to win its third straight conference title. Otterbein University (1,012) slipped back by losing 16 strokes from the previous round but still managed to finish second overall. John Carroll University improved just enough to surpass Cap but was just one shot off Otterbein's heels. Capital (1,024) moved into fourth and was six shots ahead of fifth-place Ohio Northern University.

Lease's three-day total came in at 253, which placed her in a share of ninth place overall. Her top-10 finish granted the senior her fourth all-conference nod. She has now finished inside the top-10 in all four OAC Championships that she has participated in over the course of her career.

Kelly finished just outside of an all-conference selection, sharing 16th overall. Moller, who finished with all-conference distinctions in each of the last two seasons, finished 18th on the individual leaderboard.