Golfers return to NCAA championship

Hanover College’s women’s golf squad will compete in the NCAA III national championship, May 13-16, in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The 72-hole tournament will be played at the Mission Inn Resort’s El Campeon Course.

The 2014 NCAA III tournament field includes 15 conference champions which earned an automatic qualification and six at-large selections. In addition, six individuals - not affiliated with any of the 21 teams - were chosen to compete.

Hanover, guided by head coach Wayne Perry, is making its second appearance in the NCAA championship in the past four seasons. The Panthers fired a league-record 662 to win the 36-hole Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament in October and earn the league's automatic berth in the field.

Junior Brooke McKay (Carmel, Ind.) captured medalist honors in the Heartland Conference meet for the second straight year to lead the Panthers. McKay is slated to be joined in Florida by freshman Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.) and sophomores Brittany Gingerich (Millersburg, Ind.), Brittany Mosteller (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Erika Shepherd (Jeffersonville, Ind.).

Hanover placed 17th in the 2011 NCAA championship with 1,067 strokes. The fourth round of the tournament was halted due to storms and scores reverted to the third round to determine final team and individual positions.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) captured the 2013 NCAA III team crown (1,239 strokes).  The University of Texas-Tyler’s Laura Lindsay earned medalist honors with a four-shot victory.

NCAA III women's golf national championship