Kinley Sets New Program Record on First Day of OAC Championship

Pictured: Katelynn Kinley (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Katelynn Kinley (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio – Capital University Women's Golf dug in for a long day at River Greens Golf Course on Saturday and came away in third place after 27 holes of play. Katelynn Kinley took the spotlight and the top spot on the leaderboard following day one of the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship.

Because weather rained out Friday's opening round action, the OAC Championship was shortened to two days but all 54 holes are to be played. Saturday marked 27 holes in the books. The field will hit the links for the final day and the remaining 27 holes will be played on Sunday.

In Capital's first pass through on the opening 18, senior Kaitlynn Kinley made history for the Capital program. Kinley recorded three birdies and was just two-over par on the back nine en route to a record-breaking performance. With her putt for par on the par-5 18th hole, Kinley completed ended what would be the first round with a 77, beating the previous program low score by one stroke.

The record was previously held by her teammate, Sydney Kelly, who set it earlier this season at Mallard Creek Golf Club.

Kinley (120, +12) went on to shoot 7-over par on the front nine on her second pass through to complete her 27 holes on Saturday. She exited the course in first place by one stroke over Mount Union's Rachel Markle (121, +13).

Molly Frey, the team's number four player in the lineup, came up with a big performance after shooting 89-44 through 27 on Saturday. Her 25-over par ranks her second on the Cap squad and tied for 17th halfway through the tournament.

Sydney Kelly (93-42) and Madison Harsh (90-45) both shot 27-over par to tie for 22nd. Megan Maschari rounded out Cap's lineup but did not factor into the scoring after shooting (116-47), though her third nine score was a vast improvement and may factor into day two's scoring.

Mount Union is currently atop the team leaderboard and 11 shots ahead of Capital, while Otterbein sits in second just six shots ahead of Cap. Ohio Northern rests in fourth place just one shot off Cap's heels.

Capital will head back out to River Greens Golf Course (72, 5810 yards) on Sunday at 9 a.m. where they will complete the tournament with another round of 27 holes.