Manchester University head coach Tara Boone came away from the Spartans' performance at the 2015 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships Oct. 10 and 11 with many positives.
Freshman Amanda Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and sophomore Kaitlin Powers (Indianapolis, Ind.) placed 10th and 11th, respectively, with 36-hole scores of 180 and 181 to lead the Spartans to a fourth-place team standing, the program's best since 2007 and the fifth time in the last six seasons MU has ended in the top five. Their 757 team score was spotlighted by a 15-stroke improvement from Saturday's first 18 to Sunday's second 18 which was best in the conference.
"(The finish) means a lot (to our program)," Boone noted. "It shows we're headed in the right direction with such a young and talented group of individuals.
"Playing such a tough course, like Aston Oaks, and cutting as much as we did off our first day's score is a big highlight," she added. "It gives the players an idea that the hard work they're putting in is paying off. I know this entire group is looking forward to getting back (at work) this coming spring and is eyeing even better things next fall. I'm very proud to be their coach."
Looking further into the Black and Gold's individual results over the weekend, sophomore Madison Yenser (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and freshman Emily Milburn (Lebanon, Ind.) were in the top 30, too. Yenser's 194 placed her 23rd, while Milburn's 209 put her at No. 29. Freshman Hayleigh Fernandez (Wahapani, Ind.) was tabbed the team's representative on the conference's All-Sportsmanship squad.