Women's golf wraps up play at NCAA National Championship

Allison Goodwin post shot


HOUSTON – The Hanover women’s golf team concluded its play at the NCAA National Championship Thursday, falling three positions short of making the cut for the final round.

With the top 15 teams advancing to Friday’s fourth and final round, the Panthers entered Thursday in 18th place and stayed put after a team total of 335. Hanover gave it a valiant effort in the third round, posting its fourth lowest team score of the season. The Blue and Red finished with a tournament total of 1,020 (336-349-335).

Freshman Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.) nearly made the individual cut, as the top six individual scores not on the top 15 teams also advanced to the final 18 holes. Cody tied for 53rd, falling three strokes short of earning a spot in Friday’s round. The freshman logged double-digit pars in two of the three rounds and led the team with five birdies, posting a score of 245 (79-86-80).

With bookend rounds of 80, freshman Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.) finished with a tournament total of 246 (80-86-80), to place in a tie for 56th overall. Goodwin fired off two birdies in the first and third rounds, while also adding 13 pars over 54 holes.

Competing in her final round of her HC career Thursday was senior Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.). Smith recorded a pair of birdies for the second straight round, as she finished with a tournament score of 263 (89-87-87). The senior placed 91st in the field of 116 golfers. Smith also became the first women’s golfer at Hanover to appear in four NCAA National Championships.

Posting a tournament-best six pars in the third round was junior Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.). Wuerch finished 95th with a 266 (88-90-88). Sophomore Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio) also logged six pars in the third leg of the national tournament, as she tied for 107th with a final score of 282 (90-95-97).

Through three rounds, the average round at Bay Oaks Country Club was 83.07. Cody and Goodwin each logged two round under the tournament average, giving HC four total.

Hanover’s season is now complete, as the team appeared in its fourth consecutive NCAA National Championship this season. The Panthers earned the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference automatic bid after winning the league’s tournament back in the fall.

Allison Goodwin post shot

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