Hanover in first at HCAC finale's turn

Hanover College’s women’s golf team has a 14-stroke lead after the first round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. The 36-hole event is being played Oct. 12-13 at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour, Ind.

Hanover shot an opening-round 332 to sit atop the eight-team field. Franklin College is second with a 346, while the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) is third after posting a 350.

Junior Brooke McKay (Carmel, Ind.) is first on the individual leaderboard with a six-over-par 78 on the 5,827-yard course.

Freshman Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.) and Brittany Gingerich (Millersburg, Ind.) are tied for fifth place. Each turned in an 84.

Senior Sloane Hamilton (Mason, Ohio) capped Hanover’s scoring with an 86.

McKay holds a three-shot lead against Franklin’s Paige Lundy, who posted an 81. Mount St. Joseph’s Jen Trame is third in the 38-athlete field with an 82.

The winning team will earn the Heartland Conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA Division III national tournament. That event will be held May 13-16 in Howie-in-the-Hills, Fla.

Heartland Conference championship first round results