JCU Women’s Golf underclassmen gain valuable experience at OAC Championship


Freshman Becca Abbott competing in a tournament earlier this season for the JCU Women’s Golf Team

Ashley McCall, Assistant Sports Editor

In their final competition of the spring season, the John Carroll University Women’s Golf team tied for seventh place in the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships held at the River Greens Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ohio. 

The three-day formatted event began on Friday, April 22 as the Blue and Gold matched up against their typical conference opponents. 

Ohio Northern, Otterbein, Mount Union, Muskingum, Baldwin Wallace, Heidelberg, Capital and Marietta all sent teams to the Championships. 

The team ended the first day of competition tied for sixth place as they trailed behind the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets by nine strokes. 

Colleen Vredenburg ‘25 led the Blue Streaks with a score of 89 as she remained tied for fifteenth in the field. 

The second day provided a similar outcome for John Carroll with no movement on the leaderboard as the Blue and Gold remained in sixth place overall. 

Jennifer Crowley ‘25 dropped three strokes off of her first day score as she moved into a tie for fourteenth place and led the Blue Streaks with a combined score of 179. 

Isabella Mineo ‘25 stayed steady in the second spot for John Carroll with a total score of 181 throughout the two days of golf. 

The final day of the tournament, the Blue and Gold were faced with tough competition as they dropped down to seventh place in the overall rankings as they finished tied with the Capital University Comets. 

Crowley tied for sixteenth place overall with a total score of 267, after posting her third day score of 88. 

Mineo finished in the top 20 with a total of 279 strokes over the three days. 

“The team did well in gaining our first OAC experience with such a young line up,” said Crowley. “I am so happy that I was in the top 20 at this high level of competition. I thought that it was a really cool experience and that it was nice to get that position in my first OAC Championship.”

The Blue and Gold ends their season now, but will return in the fall for a whole new season of competition.

“It’s sad that the spring season is now done and went by so fast, but we all had fun spending time together,” said Crowley. “I am looking forward to playing more and getting closer to the team next year.”