Hanover hosts HCAC golf championship

Hanover College will host the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s golf championship Oct. 12-13 at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour, Ind. The winning team will automatically qualify to participate in the DIII National Golf Championship May 13-16, 2014, in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

Hanover will be among seven Heartland Conference teams striving to dethrone two-time defending league champion Franklin College.

Hanover, which captured the HCAC title in 2010, has four golfers in the top 15 of the conference’s scoring leaders this fall. Junior Brooke McKay (Carmel, Ind.) leads the league in scoring average (79.4) and will look to repeat as medalist. She fired a 36-hole 167 to win the 2012 individual title by two strokes.

The Panthers' sophomore Erika Shepherd (Jeffersonville, Ind.) ranks fourth in the conference, averaging a round of 83.2. Freshman Brittany Gingerich (Millersburg, Ind.) is sixth (84.2) and senior Sloane Hamilton (Mason, Ohio) is 14th (87.0).

Hanover defeated each of the Heartland Conference teams while winning the Hanover Invitational title Sept. 7-8. McKay was medalist at the event with a two-round 148, including an even-par 72 in the second round at Shadowood.

Anderson University junior Krista Zurcher and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology freshman Peem Chanrotchanaphan will be in the hunt for the HCAC’s individual crown.

Zurcher ranks second among the league’s scoring leaders with an 81.6 average. She shared medalist honors with McKay at the Rose-Hulman Invitational Sept. 21-22 and was within a stroke of McKay at the Anderson Invitational, Aug. 31-Sept. 1.

Chanrotchanaphan is third on the Heartland Conference’s scoring list with an 82.0 average. She was fourth at the Hanover Invitational, just one stroke behind Zurcher, with an 85 in her first appearance at Shadowood.

She also placed ninth overall at the Small College Classic Sept. 28-29 as the Engineers finished 10 strokes in front of Hanover and also ahead of Transylvania University (Ky.), College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) and Anderson.

Franklin looks to continue its string of league titles. The Grizzlies won the 2012 championship by 18 strokes, firing a two-round total of 696.

Junior Sarah Craven and freshman Paige Lundy lead the squad. Lundy averages a team-best 84.8 strokes per round, while Craven was second at last season’s Heartland Conference championship.

The top eight athletes on the leaderboard after 36-holes all-conference honors. The top-placing freshman after the second round will receive the HCAC’s freshman-of-the-year award.

Action will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12. The first group will tee off at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 13.

Heartland Conference championship program

Courtesy Careen Turner ’14 and the Heartland Conference