Panthers preview conference championship course this weekend at Earlham Invite

Photo courtesy of Cheri Goodwin
Photo courtesy of Cheri Goodwin

HANOVER, Ind. – In preparation for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship later this fall, the Hanover women's golf team will compete in the league preview, the Earlham Invitational, this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30.

LINEUP: The Panthers, who are entering their third tournament of the fall, will have the same five in their lineup as they did two weeks ago at the Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic. The lineup will consist of two all-conference selections from last season, juniors Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.) and Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.), as well as senior Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomores Dayna Dale (Andrews, Ind.) and Emma Kate McMurtry (Terre Haute, Ind.). Also competing this weekend at the conference preview will be freshman Kennedy Easton (Borden, Ind.), who enters as an individual.

TOURNAMENT FIELD: Nine of the 10 HCAC schools will be in attendance this weekend, with Franklin being the lone league school to not compete. The North Coast Athletic Conference's Wooster (Ohio) though, will give the tournament 10 teams. Hanover will be paired with 2017 conference champion, Transylvania, and second-place finisher, Rose-Hulman during the opening round. Both schools were top 50 in the final GolfStat national ranking system for 2017-18. Transylvania also received votes in the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) national preseason poll for this season.

THE COURSE: This weekend's tournament will be held in Liberty, Ind. at Liberty Country Club. The golf course, which is located 35 miles north of Cincinnati, Ohio, will also be the host site of the HCAC Championship on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14. Liberty Country Club, built in 1927, is a par-70 track and will play long this weekend at 5,786 yards.

LAST TIME OUT: The Panthers are coming off a split-squad weekend on Sept. 15 and 16, sending half the team to the aforementioned IWU-hosted tournament and additional golfers to the Heidelberg (Ohio) Invitational. At IWU, HC tied the school record for team scoring round, 311, led by Goodwin's Sunday-74. Goodwin led the team with a two-day total of 154, good enough for 13th overall. Pease was the lone Panther at either tournament to log consecutive sub-80 rounds, as she finished in a tie for 23rd at IWU. In her collegiate debut, Easton paced the Panthers at the Heidelberg Invite, placing t-19 with a score of 184.

UP NEXT: Hanover will return to action next weekend, Oct. 6 and 7, as the team is slated to trek to Springfield, Ohio. The Panthers will enter the Wittenberg Pat Clouse Invitational, which is set to take place at Springfield Country Club. The Blue and Red finished in the top half of the 12-team invite last fall.

Contact: Tyler Jester