By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio – With illness hitting parts of the Capital University women's golf team lineup, the Crusaders pieced together a modified lineup for this weekend's OAC Preview. With multiple team members earning their first career starts, the first impressions they made showed promise and depth. Capital placed fifth at this weekend's tournament, hosted by the University of Mount Union at Green Rivers Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ohio.
Heading into the tournament, illness sidelined a few of the regular Capital starters which warranted the call-up to freshman Megan Maschari and the elevation of freshman Madalyn Hopkins in the lineup. Day one of the OAC Preview served as the first action of the season for Maschari, and her first day score did factor into the Crusaders' team result.
Capital shot a 402 on day one, placing them in sixth once the opening round concluded. Sophomore Madison Harsh (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) headlined for Capital behind her 88 on her first pass through the course, placing her third overall on the individual leaderboard. Her round-two score would be even better.
Day one ended with Harsh (88), Sydney Kelly (99), Hopkins (103), and Maschari (112) all contributing to the team scorecard. Molly Frey shot a 114 on day one, but would bounce back with the largest turnaround on the team in Sunday's action.
All four scoring team members on Sunday showed improvement from day one. The team, as a whole, showed a 28-stroke improvement and shot the round's second-lowest team score (374).
Harsh maintained her placement on the individual leaderboard by finishing with an 87 and 175 two-day total, placing her third.
Between Kelly and Frey the duo showed a combined 24-stroke improvement. Kelly lowered her score by nine shots and turned in a 90 and settling into 16th place overall. Frey showed the biggest leap after improving by 15 strokes and shooting a 99 on the second day. Rounding out Cap's day-two scorecard was Hopkins (98).
Capital finished the tournament in fifth place behind a 776 team score. They leaped Marietta College (792) who was seven strokes ahead going into Sunday's action.
Otterbein University won the tournament by more than 50 strokes and took four of the top five spots on the individual leaderboard, including top medalist Maddie Durbin (172).
Capital has one tournament remaining in its fall season, the Maryville College Fall Invitational in Alcoa, Tenn. That tournament spans three days and begins on Sunday, October 14.