Cody paces Panthers at HCAC Preview

Maddie Cody

LIBERTY, Ind. – Junior Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.) led the Hanover women's golf team this weekend at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Preview, hosted by Earlham at Liberty Country Club.

Cody put together her best 36-hole score of the season, placing second overall with a total of 158 (82-76). The junior was top 10 in the field for all three scoring averages, par three, four and five, including a tournament best, 5.17 on the longest holes. Cody also recorded one of Hanover's two tournament birdies, as she tallied a circle-three on the par-four, 360-yard second hole.

Classmate Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.) bounced back from a slow start to finish in a tie for 15th at 172 strokes (91-81). Goodwin led the team and ranked third in the field in par-four scoring, plus-11.

Also adding a top 20 finish in the field of 56 golfers was senior Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio). Pease, who was also among the tournament leaders in a bevy of statistical categories, finished 18th with a score of 175 (87-88).

Sophomore Emma Kate McMurtry (Terre Haute, Ind.) and freshman Kennedy Easton (Borden, Ind.) each improved on Day Two, tying for 30th overall. McMurtry went 96-93, while Easton tallied rounds of 94 and 95, as the two finished with 189 strokes each. Easton was competing as an individual this weekend.

Rounding out the Panther lineup was sophomore Dayna Dale (Andrews, Ind.). Dale tied for 36th with a two-day score of 196 (97-99), as she tallied the other birdie for HC. Dale birdied the par four, 350-yard 16th, which scored out as the second toughest hole on the course.

Similarly, to the individual golfers, Hanover saw an improvement on Day Two, jumping two spots to finish fourth in the field of 10 teams. The Panthers tallied a 36-hole total of 694 (356-338).

Rose-Hulman and Transylvania, additional conference institutions, tied for first in the team standings with a score of 640. The Fightin' Engineers were awarded the team trophy based on the fifth-person score tiebreaker. Transylvania's Meredith Moir though, earned medalist honors after posting back-to-back rounds of 76 for an overall total of 152.

Hanover, and the other HCAC institutions, will return to Liberty Country Club in two weeks, Oct. 13 and 14, for the conference championship. First though, the Panthers will travel to compete in the Wittenberg (Ohio) Pat Clouse Invitational next weekend, Oct. 6 and 7. The Wittenberg event will be held in Springfield, Ohio at Springfield Country Club.

Contact: Tyler Jester