Women battle into top three, men end 9th at Earlham

Women battle into top three, men end 9th at Earlham

RICHMOND, IND. – As it has done throughout the 2017 fall season, Manchester University's women's golf team made the most of a second-round comeback Sunday, Oct. 1.

Fueled by freshman Kaitlyn Cook (Monticello, Ind.) who took a whopping 15 strokes off her first 18 score at Highland Lake Golf Course, MU went from a first day 387 to a second day 366 to finish at 753. Their 21-stroke improvement, the best in the eight-team field by 19 shots, lifted them to third place, trailing only National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic programs Indiana University – East (696) and Indiana University – Kokomo (733).

Senior Katie Smith kept her season's roll going in regards to individual finishes. The Wabash, Ind., native's 87-92 left her at 179, good for fifth in the 40-competitor field and marking her third first five effort. Cook's 191 was next (13th place), while senior Kaitlin Powers (Indianapolis, Ind.) stood tied for 16th (194), and freshman Taylor Erfman (Brookville, Ind.) ended 19th (195).

 Coach Tara Boone's men's program was also in Richmond over the weekend. Junior Connor Labedz (Aurora, Ill.) put together rounds of 90 and 185 to tally a 175 which placed him in a tie for 33rd, the top individual outing. MU's 713 total placed them ninth team-wise, but the Black and Gold did improve 21 shots from day one to day two at Forest Hills Country Club which was easily the best in the tournament.

Two freshmen also found themselves in the top 40. Cody Loucks (Goshen, Ind.) (177 – T-36th) and Dillon McFaddin (Bedford, Ind.) (178 – T-38) made up the duo.

Manchester University concludes its 2017 fall men's campaign Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 8, playing in the Mt. St. Joseph University Stateline Shootout. The women's team breaks from competition to prepare for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15.