McKay's record performance leads to title

Junior Brooke McKay (Carmel, Ind.) set school 18- and 36-hole records to earn medalist honors and lead Hanover College’s women’s golf team to the championship in the Hanover Invitational.

After opening with a 76 at Sunrise Falls Golf Course, McKay closed the two-day event with a record-setting round of 72 at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour, Ind.

McKay, with 14 top-five finishes in her career, earned a 10-stroke advantage against Marian University’s Molly Knight, who was second in the 68-athlete field with a 158 (77-81).

Hanover totaled 650 (327-323) to win the team championship by six shots. Marian, which led by eight strokes after the first round, placed second out of nine schools with 656 (319-337). The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was third with 666 (328-338).

Freshman Brittany Gingerich (Millersburg, Ind.) posted a 166 (82-84) to finish ninth. Sophomore Erika Shepherd (Jeffersonville, Ind.) was just one shot behind with a 167 (87-80) and landed in 13th place. Senior Sloane Hamilton (Mason, Ohio) rounded out the Panthers’ scoring with a 176 (89-87). She was 29th overall.

McKay’s even-par round of 72 eclipsed the previous Hanover 18-hole record of 74, set by Paige Schroeder at the 2011 Anderson University Invitational. Her 36-hole total of 148 was six strokes lower than Schroeder’s 154 (77-77) mark set at the 2010 Hanover Invitational.

Hanover Invitational results