JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. – The Hanover women's golf team opened its 2019 spring slate with the three-round Jekyll Island Women's Collegiate Invitational, hosted by Oglethorpe (Ga.), this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 15, 16 and 17.
The Panthers, who have become a regular at one of the top tournaments nationally in Division III, posted their highest team finish in three seasons, placing 18th with a 54-hole score of 1,063 (346-365-352). Hanover found most of its success on par threes, accumulating a team average of 3.90 (+54), ranking 16th in the field. The Blue and Red also tallied 70 pars and seven birdies over three days of action at Indian Mound Golf Course.
Leading the way for HC was junior Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.). Cody paced the team with back-to-back rounds of 86 on Saturday and Sunday after firing an 87 on Friday to finish with 259 strokes. The junior logged a team-best 4.80 scoring average on par fours, had a Hanover-high 21 pars over three rounds and recorded her lone birdie on No. 16 during the final round. Cody tied for 80th individually.
Junior Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.) and senior Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio) gave HC three players in the top 100, posting scoring totals of 263 (81-94-88) and 264 (84-92-88), respectively. Goodwin's first round 81 was the Panthers' top round of the weekend.
The duo co-led HC in par three (3.50) and par five (5.67) scoring averages as well. Friday highlighted both golfers' weekend, as Goodwin was briefly tied for the tournament lead at one-under through seven holes, while Pease tallied all three of her team-high birdie count during the first round.
Freshman Kennedy Easton (Borden, Ind.) and sophomore Emma Kate McMurtry (Terre Haute, Ind.) rounded out the scoring for the Blue and Red. Easton improved each day and posted six of her 11 tournaments pars on Sunday, as she finished with a total score of 277 (94-93-90). McMurtry recorded a score of 326 (104-105-117).
In a field with five of the top 15 teams in the national Golfstat ranking, No. 15 Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) had its top three golfers all tie for sixth en route to a team championship. The Tartans outlasted No. 8 Methodist (N.C.) and No. 5 New York for the top spot with a score of 912 (302-307-303). New York had the individual medalist, Navika Kuchakulla, who finished at 220 (74-71-75).
The Panthers will return to the course for the two-day Mount St. Joseph Spring Invitational, which is set to take place in Harrison, Ohio at Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31.
Contact: Tyler Jester