Defiance visit on weekend agenda

Manchester University seeks improvements off a solid first-week outing as they are among the field at Defiance College of Ohio’s Fall Invitational Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9.

Meet details: Tee times begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday at White Pines Golf Course in Swanton, Ohio.

Spartan Shorts: A sophomore duo of Kaitlyn Cook (Monticello, Ind.) and Taylor Erfman(Brookville, Ind.) find themselves among the program’s 18-hole stroke average leaders. Cook, coming off a glittering 84 at the Miami-Whitewater Forest Golf Course in Harrison, Ohio, that placed her in a tie for fourth at Mt. St. Joseph University’s Stateline Shootout Sept. 2, leads the way. Erfman’s 86, which also put her in the top 10 (tied for eighth) in the fall season opener, is a close second. Freshman Sara Knepper (Bremen, Ind.) rounds out the top three, as she carded a 91 as an individual last weekend … Head coach Tara Boone’s program finds itself just outside GolfStat’s Division III team ranking best 100. The Black and Gold are at number 101 … MU’s women break from competition next weekend and are back on the course Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23, at Bluffton University along with the men’s team.

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