Following schedule change, women’s golf to play in Franklin Invitational

Scarlett Hartlage reads green

HANOVER, Ind. – Instead of participating in the Earlham Fall Invitational this weekend, the Hanover women's golf team has made a schedule change and will now play in the Franklin Invitational Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

The tournament, which will be held at Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind., will be the final scheduled tune-up for the Panthers before they compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Thursday and Friday, Oct. 14-15.

Hanover played in the HCAC Preview last week at Keene Run Golf Course in Nicholasville, Ky. and placed fifth out of 14 schools with a team score of 659 (333-326).

The Panthers were led by senior Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.) and junior Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio). Both finished with two-day scores of 163 to tie for 14th overall out of 84 golfers. Wuerch shot 81-82 and had the shot of the tournament with her first career hole-in-one on her opening tee shot on day two of the event. Pease shot the same scores, but on opposite days with 82-81.

While Hanover did not play in the Franklin Invitational last year, the Blue and Red did participate in 2014 and 2015 and finished second both years.

None of this year's current team members played in the 2015 event, but Wuerch and fellow senior Scarlett Hartlage (Floyd Knobs, Ind.) competed in the 2014 tournament as freshmen. Wuerch tied for 17th with a 176 (88-88), and Hartlage tied for 36th with a 196 (98-98).

Through eight rounds this fall, sophomores Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.) and Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.) have tied for the lowest average round with an 81.75 each. Cody has also recorded the lowest 36-hole score with a 154, and is tied with Pease for the lowest 18-hole score with a 75.

The Panthers were scheduled to play in the Oakland City Invitational Tuesday, Oct. 3, but will no longer compete in that event.

Contact: Mike Pritchard