Panthers in third after HCAC Championship opening round

Maddie Cody putting

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. – After recording its best team round of the season, 320, the Hanover women's golf team sits in third place after the opening round of the HCAC Championship.

The Panthers, who have won the last four conference tournaments currently sit four back from Rose-Hulman for second place and are 10 strokes behind the host, Transylvania, for the top spot.

Sophomore Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.) is in a good position to repeat as an all-conference selection, as she is in a tie for third after Day One at Keene Run Golf Club. Cody fired off a 77, as she logged a tournament high 14 pars. The sophomore is also second among the 40-golfer field in par three average scoring, 3.00.

Leading the tournament in par three scoring is sophomore Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.), who finished at minus-one on the short-yardage holes. Goodwin, the 2016 HCAC Freshman of the Year, is tied for eighth overall after an 80 Saturday.

Also tied for eighth in the individual standings is junior Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio). After posting three double bogies, Pease rallied to tie for the team high with two birdies.  

Senior Scarlett Hartlage (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) also had two birdies in the first round, as she is in a tie for 13th place. Hartlage's back-nine 39 helped guide her to an overall score of 83.

Rounding out the Hanover competitors is senior Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.), whose total of 88 is good enough for a tie for 19th after round one.

With possible thunderstorms in the forecast for Sunday's final round, the teams have agreed to an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Follow the results live at the link above.

Contact: Tyler Jester