By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
ALCOA, Tenn. – The Capital University women's golf team played in the final tournament of its fall season on Monday and Tuesday of this week and came out the Volunteer State runners-up of the Maryville College Fall Invitational. Kaitlyn Kinley finished just outside of the top five to pace the Crusaders, who now hibernate for the winter having ended the fall on a strong note.
After firing off a practice round at Green Meadow Country Club on Sunday the Crusaders came out on Monday afternoon and found themselves in third place out of four teams behind a team score of 362 and nearly 40 shots off the pace of the tournament leader, Piedmont College. The four Capital scorers were separated by only three strokes from the team's top performer and final scorer after senior Kaitlyn Kinley (Sycamore, Ohio/Mohawk) and sophomore Molly Frey (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) came back to the clubhouse with an 89 and 90, respectively, to lead the Purple and White.
The Crusaders jumped one spot in the team standings on the final day of the two-day tournament. Capital trailed the hosts, Maryville College, by two strokes entering Tuesday's action and the two squads went in different directions once play began. Capital displayed a 10-stroke improvement as a team and hopped into second place by day's end.
Kinley and senior Sydney Kelly (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) were both key in the day two jump as both of their scores lowered by at least five strokes. Kinley went from an 89 to an 84 to end the tournament with a 173, good for sixth place overall. Kelly saw her sore dip even lower, showing a seven-stroke improvement and finishing with a 177 scorecard. She was one of four Crusaders to finish inside the top 10, and finished in eighth place.
Sophomore Madison Harsh and Frey accounted for the remainder of Capital's scoring with matching 182 scores.
Freshman Megan Maschari rounded out the Capital lineup with a 102-109-211 scorecard.
Capital (714) finished in second place behind tournament champion Piedmont (655). Host Maryville (728) finished third while Southern Virginia (735) rounded out the four-team field.