Spartans play to fourth in rain-shorted DC weekend

DEFIANCE, OHIO – Battling persistent rain and cool temperatures throughout Saturday, Sept. 8, Manchester University managed a solid 352 score at White Pines Golf Club in Swanton, Ohio.

The 18-hole total left head coach Tara Boone’s team fourth in the NCAA Division III and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ field gathered for Defiance College’s Fall Invitational. With more rain expected Sunday, Sept. 9, the second round was canceled.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Cook (Monticello, Ind.), registering a second successive individual top 10 finish, carded a single-round personal career low 81 to wind up fourth, just four strokes behind meet medalist Kennedy Hilley of Alma College. Two more underclasswomen found themselves in the first 20, as sophomore Taylor Erfman (Brookville, Ind.) tied for 13th (87), and freshman Mary McGuire (Fishers, Ind.) played the course to a 91 to tie for 19th.

MU’s team score had them just four strokes behind Capital University of Ohio for a spot in the top three. Alma, placing four players in the top 10, finished as the champion at 324.

Manchester University breaks from competition next weekend. They are back on the course Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23, for Bluffton University of Ohio’s Beaver Fall Classic.

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