Runner-up medalist, top 30 individual efforts buoy Spartans

Runner-up medalist, top 30 individual efforts buoy Spartans

BLUFFTON, OHIO – As the calendar continues to march closer to the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, Manchester University builds more and more success.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Cook (Monticello, Ind.) registered one of three sub-80 scores to lead head coach Tara Boone's team Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23. Cook's scintillating 77 at Bluffton Golf Club put the Spartans on the verge of a first or second place weekend placement Saturday, as the 347 team total was second-lowest. However, fellow league school Franklin College, Ohio Northern University and Capital University slipped by MU on the leaderboard, sending the Spartans to fourth place (703) in the eight-team field.

Cook led the individual efforts, placing in a tie for runner-up medalist with the Grizzlies' Megg Hensler. Sophomore Taylor Erfman (Brookville, Ind.) was also in the first 10 at 178.

Manchester University's men's squad also resumed its fall season at the same location and over the same day. The Spartans turned in rounds of 334 and 333, good for a 36-hole output of 667, to end seventh. Senior Connor Labedz (Aurora, Ill.) played a pair of steady rounds of 80 to end tied for 26th (160) individually. Sophomore Cody Loucks (Goshen, Ind.), with a sunny 79 on Sunday, jetted up five spots from the first to second rounds to end tied for 33rd.

The Spartans are back on the course Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30. The women compete at Earlham College's Fall Invitational. The men host their fall tournament the same two days.