By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio – Led by Sydney Kelly, the Capital University women's golf team made a move up the leaderboard on the final day of the OAC Championship and finished as the tournament's runner-up, its best finish in at least a decade.
Capital came into the final day of the event in third place behind Mount Union and Otterbein with 27 holes to play on Sunday. All teams played 27 holes on Saturday after Friday's action was canceled due to poor weather.
The weather was much improved at River Greens Golf Course compared the previous day. A complete team effort by the Crusaders helped them leapfrog rival Otterbein, who shot poorly in the final round and claimed second place in the 2019 OAC Championship. The finish is the program's highest since at least the 2008-09 season.
Senior Sydney Kelly (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) had a tremendous turnaround on Sunday which helped her successfully complete the full second round of the tournament. Kelly shot par on six holes on the front nine and was just 4-over par on the out. She finished 10-over par after the final 18 to finish round three with an 82, the best score among the Capital five.
Sophomore Madison Harsh (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) also had a much-needed improvement from her first day scores. After shooting 93 through her first 18, she turned around and finished out the second day to complete round two with an 85 and then bettered that score on her final pass through with an 82.
After her record-breaking opening 18, Katelynn Kinley (Sycamore, Ohio/Mohawk) fell back a shade but still fed in positively to the Capital scoring. After rounding out round two with a final score of 85, she then shot an 88 in the final round. Molly Frey remained consistent and averaged 90 strokes per 18 over 54 holes after shooting 89-91-90 (270) over the weekend.
Cap jumped Otterbein after betting the Cardinals by 18 strokes on the final round. With that, Otterbein fell back into third place (1046) while Capital (1040) finished second overall behind tournament champion Mount Union (993).
* Note: the results do not reflect that all Muskingum golfers participated as individuals. Muskingum did not field a full team so will be removed from the team standings
Kinley (77-85-88) still managed to finish inside the top five with a share for fourth place behind her total 54-hole round score of 250. Sydney Kelly (93-85-82) and Madison Harsh (90-85-85) both ended the tournament with matching 260s, tying them for 13th place. Each earned All-OAC honors after placing inside the top-14.
Kinley is now a two-time All-OAC honoree. Kelly and Harsh now have the first All-OAC accolades of their careers.
Freshman Megan Maschari closed out her first tournament run in 41st place with a 54-hole score of 325 (116-101-108).