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No. 16 Ohio Northern finishes fourth at 5th annual Lady Polar Bear Invitational

HARROD - The No. 16-ranked Ohio Northern women's golf team finished fourth of 16 teams with a 366 at the fifth annual Lady Polar Bear Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Colonial Golfers Club. 

The tournament was shortened to 18 holes as Sunday's second round was cancelled due to expected poor weather conditions.

The weather was cold, wet and windy on Saturday, with rain, sleet and windy contidions causing wind chills to drop near freezing.

Sophomore Persha Ford and senior Meagan Brennan led the Polar Bears (72-9 overall), finishing in a five-way tie for fifth place with 88s in the 83-women field.

Ford earned All-Tournament Team honors via a scorecard tiebreaker. The top six players earned All-Tournament Team honors.

No. 8-ranked Otterbein won the tournament with a 350, No. 24-ranked Franklin (Ind.) was second with a 356, No. 10-ranked Allegheny (Pa.) was third with a 361, the Ohio Northern B team was fifth with a 382 and Baldwin-Wallace was sixth with a 386.

Freshman Lauren Miller finished 22nd with a 94, senior Amy Gillen was tied for 27th with a 96 and sophomore Megan Russell tied for 37th with a 99.

Freshman Ashley Johnson led the Ohio Northern B team to a fifth place finish, tying for 10th with an 89.

Katie Tewell of Franklin took Medalist honors with a tournament record 5-over par 77.

Allegheny's Laura Burkholder had a hole-in-one on the 159-yard par-3 fourth hole.

The Polar Bears will return to action Monday at the Ohio Cup at Malone.

Team Standings
1. Otterbein 350, 2. Franklin (Ind.) 356, 3. Allegheny (Pa.) 361, 4. Ohio Northern 366, 5. Ohio Northern B 382, 6. Baldwin-Wallace 386, 7. Allegheny (Pa.) B 388, 8. Wittenberg 395, t9. John Carroll 399, t9. Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) 399. 11. Denison 421, 12. Capital 429, 13. Wilmington 431, 14. Mount Union 436, 15. Heidelberg 455, 16. Muskingum 465.

Top 5 Individuals
1. Katie Tewell (Fra) 77, 2. Catherine Brunoehler (Ott) 81, 3. Leslie Walker (WJ) 82, 4. Rustie Anderson (Ott) 86, t5. Julia Wares (All) 88, t5. Persha Ford (ONU) 88, t5. Laura Hilger (All) 88, t5.Jaime Rents (All), 88, t5. Meagan Brennan (ONU) 88.

Ohio Northern Individuals
t5. Persha Ford 88, t5. Meagan Brennan 88, t22. Lauren Miller 94, t27. Amy Gillen 96, t37. Megan Russell 99,

Ohio Northern "B" Individuals
t10. Ashley Johnson 89, t27. Tiffany LeMaster 96, t32. Kaylea Thresher 98, t37. Terri Lynn Shigle 99, t44. Ellen Hazelet 101, 75. Jennifer Sherman 123.