MARSHALL, Mich. – Behind a trio of top 10 finishes, the Hanover women's golf team won its season-opening meet, the Olivet (Mich.) Labor Day Classic.
The Panthers, who now have five tournament victories in the past three seasons, led wire-to-wire after posting a two-round score of 676 (337-339) Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1 and 2. Head coach Brandon Tereshko, as well as assistant coach Cassie Hendrickson ('17) -- who was in attendance with the women's team this weekend – are recording their first victory with the program.
Juniors Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.) and Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.) placed second and third, respectively, at the Medalist Golf Club-hosted event. After posting just one sub-80 round last season, Goodwin logged two in this fall's season opener, finishing with a 36-hole total of 157 (78-79). She led the field in par four scoring average (4.15) and total pars (23), falling one stroke shy of tying for individual medalist honors.
Cody, the 2017 Olivet Labor Day Classic individual champion, posted a 164 (80-84) in her encore performance. The junior posted 20 total pars and was second in the field of 48 golfers in par four- (4.40) and par-five (5.50) scoring.
Giving Hanover three golfers inside the top 10 was sophomore Dayna Dale (Andrews, Ind.). Dale, who posted the field's third best par five scoring mark, five-over, tied for ninth overall with a 177 (87-90). The sophomore logged eight of her 15 pars Saturday.
With a second-round 86, senior Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio) vaulted four spots up the leaderboard, finishing in a tie for 12th. Pease was the fourth Panther to have at least 15 pars in the 36-hole tournament, as she also tied for the team-best scoring average on the par three holes, 3.38.
Rounding out the Hanover lineup was junior Skylar McMahon (West Harrison, Ind.). McMahon hovered around the tournament scoring average of 95.67, posting a score of 190 (94-96).
Aquinas College's (Mich.) Emma Millard garnered the individual championship, logging a two-day score of 156 (74-82). Hanover was the only institution of the eight competing to have three top-10 and four top-15 golfers.
The Panthers will look to keep their form next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9, as they look to defend their Hanover Invitational title. The first round will be played in Madison, Ind., at Sunrise Golf Course and Sunday's final round will be in Seymour, Ind., at Shadowood Golf Course.
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