HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's golf team will look for its fifth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship this weekend, as they compete in the nine-team league event at Keene Run Golf Club.
The Panthers have put together a strong 2017 fall campaign and will look to ride that momentum to another conference championship in Nicholasville, Ky. this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15.
Hanover has won two tournaments as team, while also recording three individual victories in six events this season. Sophomores Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.) and Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.)are responsible for the three individual medalist awards, winning one and two tournaments respectively. The duo also earned the first two HCAC Player of the Week awards this fall and are two of three Panther golfers competing this weekend with all-conference accolades.
Goodwin, the 2016 HCAC Freshman of the Year, will look for similar success in the second conference meet of her career, as she finished third overall last season. The sophomore currently leads the team in scoring average, 82.00 and has been arguably the most consistent golfer for HC this season, recording just a six-stroke difference from her lowest and highest rounds.
Cody will look for her third individual title of the season and is coming off a fifth-place finish in the 2016 HCAC Championship. The Brownsburg, Ind. native is second on the squad with a scoring average of 82.64.
The third Panther with all-HCAC accolades is senior Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.), as she will be competing in her fourth conference tournament. The senior has finished inside the top 16 in each of her first three appearances, with her best finish coming in 2015, where she placed fifth overall to garner all-HCAC honors.
Junior Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio) and senior Scarlett Hartlage (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) round out the lineup for Hanover this weekend. Pease finished ninth in last season's tournament, while Hartlage's only other appearance in the HCAC Championship came in 2015, where she registered a 17th place finish.
Hanover won its fourth straight HCAC championship last fall, besting the host, Rose-Hulman, by 12 strokes for the victory.
The Panthers competed in the HCAC Preview Tournament earlier this season, at Keene Run GC, placing fifth overall with a two-day total of 659 (333-326). With eight of the nine conference teams competing in the preview event, HC posted the third lowest total among league institutions.
The winner of the HCAC Championship will earn the league's automatic qualifying bid into the NCAA Division III National Championship, which will take place in the spring of 2018.
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Contact: Tyler Jester