Women’s Golf Fights Through Tough Conditions, Overcome for Second-Place Finish

Pictured: Christy Conley (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Christy Conley (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Golf displayed a big turnaround and a major improvement on day two of this weekend's Ursuline College Invitational, leading the team to a second-place overall finish. Despite less-than-favorable conditions at Tanglewood Country Club, Capital displayed a major drop in its team score while weather toyed with the rest of the field's play, allowing more than a 10-stroke leap up the leaderboard.

CAPITAL SCORECARD

5. Katie Lease

90

87

177

13. Janie Moller

94

93

187

t-15. Katelynn Kinley

98

92

190

21. Christy Conley

103

100

203

22. Alyssa Greening

96

108

203

 

378

372

750

Day one of this weekend's tournament ended with Capital 13 strokes off the lead and in third place. Twelve strokes separated them from West Virginia Wesleyan University, which shot a 367 on day one. By the end of the tournament, Capital and West Virginia Wesleyan would swap places on the team leaderboard.

"The girls has a specific plan to improve on some of the bigger numbers they made the day before," said Head Coach Andy Garcia. "The weather was not ideal, however, they were locked in all day and represented our institution on such a high level against scholarship (NCAA) Division II athletes. I'm so proud of the fight they showed."

Each of the scoring four showed improvement between day one and day two of the 36-hole tournament that featured five teams and a cast of individual competitors. Junior Katie Lease (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) posted Cap's top score on both days, plus showed a three-stroke improvement between rounds. Lease finished fifth overall in a field of 33 golfers.

With high winds and rain coming down on the field of competitors during Sunday's action, sophomore Katelynn Kinley (Sycamore, Ohio/Mohawk) managed to show the largest drop in her round-to-round score. Kinley posted a 98 on day one, but came back and pushed through to register a 92 on Sunday.

Junior Janie Moller (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) posted Cap's second-best individual score with a 94-93-187 line, while junior Christy Conley (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Pickerington Central) showed a cut her score down by three strokes between rounds (103-100-203).

While Capital spend its Sunday showing significant improvement despite the harsh conditions, WVWU saw its score soar upward by 20 strokes. With Cap slashing its second-round score by 13 shots and WVWU's fall, the Purple and White ascended into second place. West Virginia Wesleyan finished third (367-387-754).

Malone University won the tournament with back-to-back rounds of 366. Notre Dame College's Brianna Stokes won top medalist honors with a 78-83-161 scorecard.

The tournament was held in Chagrin Falls, Ohio at Tanglewood Country Club The course measured in at 5,829 yards, par-72.

Capital's next action will take place April 1-2 when they head to Ada, Ohio for the Ohio Northern Spring Classic at Colonial Golfers Club.