Late rally vaults women's golf to top three finish at HCAC Championship

Maddie Cody

LIBERTY, Ind. – Thanks to a strong finish, the Hanover women's golf team rallied for a top three finish at the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Sunday afternoon.

The Panthers entered the second and final round at Liberty Country Club in fifth place and found themselves in the same position at the turn. Hanover's top four scores Sunday though all posted back-nine totals of 43 or better, vaulting the team up to third overall with a tournament total of 697 (357-340). The Blue and Red are picking up their ninth straight top three team finish at the conference event, a span that includes five championships.

Firing off an 82 Sunday, including a back-nine 39, was junior Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.). Cody's rally for a third straight all-conference performance fell just short, as she placed in a tie for 12th with a two-day total of 173 (91-82). The junior led the team with 15 pars over 36 holes, including nine during Sunday's round.

A pair of Panthers in senior Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore Dayna Dale (Andrews, Ind.) tied for 14th in the field of 47 golfers. Pease bounced back from an opening round 91 Saturday with an 84 Sunday, good enough for 175 total strokes. The senior led the team in par five scoring average at 5.83 (+5). Pease was also announced as Hanover's all-conference sportsmanship selection.

Dale, who was competing in her first HCAC Championship, was the lone golfer for HC to recorded consecutive sub-90 rounds. The sophomore had the Blue and Red's only two birdies as well, both of which came Saturday, as she logged rounds of 86 and 89.

Freshmen Kennedy Easton (Borden, Ind.) and Hannah Julow (Evansville, Ind.) also had their first experiences at the conference championship. Easton tied for 21st, while Julow followed closely behind in the standings in 25th place. Both first-year Panthers logged 11 pars, with Easton totaling 178 strokes (93-85) and Julow 181 (89-92). Easton's Sunday-85 was a career best through her first eight collegiate rounds. Julow's tournament total was a 16-stroke improvement from her collegiate debut in mid-September.

Transylvania won its second straight HCAC championship behind four all-conference performances. The Pioneers posted a 36-hole score of 640 (313-327), holding off Rose-Hulman by 11 strokes. Rachel Fine of Transylvania earned medalist honors with a 154 (74-80).

Hanover has now concluded its fall schedule and will return to action in the spring of 2019.

Contact: Tyler Jester