Led by Madison Harsh, Women’s Golf Takes Second at Cardinal Spring Classic

Pictured: Madison Harsh
Pictured: Madison Harsh

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

SUNBURY, Ohio – Over the weekend, Capital University sophomore Madison Harsh set new single round and tournament total scores to aid the women's golf team's second-place finish at the Cardinal Spring Classic at NorthStar Golf Club in Sunbury, Ohio.

The Crusaders ended Sunday's action just four shots off the pace of host Otterbein University on the team leaderboard. Both teams found themselves in a shootout of sorts on the links at NorthStar Golf Club. As well as the Purple and White shot on Saturday's opening round, three of the four scorers saw their totals fall on day two, marking a nine-stroke improvement.

However, both Otterbein and Capital matched one another's scores on Sunday so the four-stroke buffer remained intact, which delivered the team title to the hosts and placed Capital second overall.

Sophomore Madison Harsh (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) put herself in line to compete for top medalist honors after Saturday's round. Through her first 18 holes, Harsh shot a new career low, 81 (+XX), to exit the first day atop the leaderboard. She held a three-stroke lead over two Cardinal golfers, but it was Ohio Northern's Lydia Cranmer who became the player to beat.

Harsh came back on Sunday and shot an 85 while Cranmer improved on her score by five strokes to overtake the lead and take top medalist honors.

Despite the change at the top, Harsh still finished second overall and was one of two top-three performers on the Capital roster.

Joining Harsh was senior Sydney Kelly (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) who lowered her round-to-round score by five strokes and took third place overall. Following an 86 on Saturday, Kelley followed on Sunday with an 81 to finish with a two-day total of 167.

Senior Kate Kinley (89-86) and Molly Frey (90-85) ended up with identical scores of 175 after wrapping up 18 holes on Sunday. Both finished tied for 10th place overall to account for four top-10 performances among the Crusader lineup.

Freshman Megan Maschari also competed for Cap in the five spot and finished 22nd overall behind a 94-107-201 scorecard.

Capital will head to Jeromesville, Ohio for its next competition, the Wooster Spring Invitational. The Crusaders will play 36 holes at Mohican Hills Golf Club in an event hosted by The College of Wooster on April 13-14.