HANOVER, Ind. – With just over one week until the season opening event, we take a preseason look at the Hanover women's golf team.
The Panthers have won each of the last four Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, earning four straight automatic appearances into the NCAA National Championship. Hanover will have a bevy of experienced golfers back this year, as they go for their fifth straight conference title.
"Our women's team only loss one senior in Devan Smith," said head coach Wayne Perry, "and have four ladies returning from the national team last year."
Two returners from the nationals' team are sophomores Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.) and Allison Goodwin (Lebanon). Both were all-conference selections during their freshmen campaigns with Goodwin also earning HCAC Freshman of the Year honors.
Cody, who posted a team-best season average of 84.94, led the Panthers in individual scoring on four separate occasions last season, including the NCAA National Championship. During her first national tournament experience, she shot a three-round score of 245 (79-86-80), nearly qualifying for the fourth and final round as an individual.
Goodwin was second on the team in average scoring at 85.29. The incoming sophomore led the team individually on three occasions in 2016-17, while also placing inside the top 10 a team-best five times.
Coach Perry is also excited about his group of seniors as they look to lead the squad this fall, "We are looking forward to our group of seniors this year. We have four seniors that have lettered all three years and have played in close to 200 combined matches."
One senior returning this season is Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.), who appeared in her third NCAA National Championship this past spring. Wuerch competed in every tournament last season, posting an average round total of 90.06.
Seniors Scarlett Hartlage (Floyds Knob, Ind.), Cassie Hendrickson (Greenwood, Ind.) and Hannah George (Saint Augustine, Fla.) will all look to crack the line up more this fall after logging some of the best season averages in limited action last year.
Another returner who will look to contribute is junior Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio). Pease logged three top 10's last season, including a fifth place finish in the spring during the Big Four Classic at Crooked Stick Golf Club. Pease joins Cody, Goodwin and Hartlage as returners who posted sub-90 scoring averages in 2016-17.
Perry is also looking forward to seeing what the incoming class can do, stating, "we are excited about the talented freshmen class we brought in and all four will look to move into the lineup immediately."
Hanover will open the new season with a two-day tournament at Olivet (Mich.). The Panthers are slated to compete in the Labor Day Classic, Sept. 2 and 3.
Contact: Tyler Jester