HANOVER, Ind. – Our No. 8 moment in the Top 10 Moments from the 2016-17 athletic year comes from the Hanover women's golf team, as they picked up their fourth straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship back in the fall, earning a bid into the NCAA National Championship.
The 2016-17 athletic campaign was one to remember for the Hanover College Athletic Department, so over the next few weeks we will recall some of the top moments from the year that was. This week we announce the seventh and eighth best moments.
With three golfers among the top eight individually, the Panthers posted a conference tournament score of 693 (347-346) to hold off host Rose-Hulman by 12 strokes for the championship.
A duo of freshmen in Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.) and Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.)logged the top two scores for HC, with Goodwin reeling off a score of 169 (84-85) to place third overall and earn HCAC Freshman of the Year honors. Cody shot a two-round total of 173 (86-87), finishing fifth to earn all-conference accolades.
Senior Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.) recorded a score of 175 (88-87) to tie for seventh overall. Smith became just the second women's golfer at Hanover to earn all-HCAC honors in each of her four seasons. The senior later went on to become the first golfer in program history to appear in four consecutive NCAA National Championships.
Hanover's conference championship earned them the automatic bid into the NCAA National Championship this past spring, which marked the team's fourth straight appearance in the national event.
The Blue and Red finished 18th in the field of 22 teams in the four-day tournament this past May in Houston, Texas. Hanover competed in the first three rounds at the NCAA tournament, as only the top 15 teams advanced to the fourth and final 18 holes. Hanover logged two of its five lowest team rounds of the 2016-17 season in the national tournament, posting a final total of 1,020 (336-349-335).
Cody, Goodwin and Smith led the way again for the Panthers, with the two freshmen earning top 60 finishes in their first national championship competition.
Smith's tournament was not only highlighted by her fourth straight appearance, but also competing on "Folds of Honor" Day. The senior, who will be entering the military service now that she has graduated, was asked in a national interview just how much the "Folds of Honor" day meant to her.
"Folds of Honor" day honored fallen service members during the second round of the NCAA Women's Golf National Championship, as each golfer was playing in memory of a service member killed in the line of duty, and there were commemorative plaques honoring fallen service members on each hole as well.
Stay tuned later this week, as we announce our No. 7 moment in the countdown Thursday, June 29.
Contact: Tyler Jester