Women’s golf travels to Illinois for Illinois Wesleyan Classic

Sam Pease about to address ball

HANOVER, Ind. – After a pair of top three finishes in as many tries, the Hanover women's golf team will look to make it three this week as the Panthers travel to Normal, Ill. to participate in the Illinois Wesleyan Classic Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-17.

Hanover is off to a strong start to the 2017 season. The Panthers followed up a third-place finish in their season-opening tournament with a first place finish at the Hanover Invitational last weekend.

A tournament-best team score of 322 by the Panthers was followed up with a 335 on day two for a total score of 657 to win by six strokes. The win in the home event was the third for the Red and Blue in the last four years.

Sophomore Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.) joined classmate Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.) as an individual medalist in 2017 with a career-best, 36-hole total of 159 (79-81). As was the case with Cody, Goodwin was also named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Senior Scarlett Hartlage (Floyd Knobs, Ind.) and junior Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished with top 10 finishes. Hartlage tied for fourth overall with a 163 (79-84), while Pease posted her second top 10 finish of the year with back-to-back rounds of 83 (166) for seventh place.

The Illinois Wesleyan Classic will be played at the Ironwood Golf Course, and is a new addition to the Panthers' schedule this fall. Washington University (Mo.) won last year's event with a team score of 614 (301-313) to finish one stroke ahead of second place finisher DePauw.

Rose-Hulman was the lone HCAC participant last year. The Fighting Engineers were sixth with a two-day score of 645 (324-321). Grinnell's (Iowa) Vidushi Sinha earned individual medalist honors as she shot 70-70 (140) to win by three strokes.

The first group is scheduled to tee off at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Contact: Mike Pritchard