GREENWOOD, IN – The 2013 HCAC women’s golf fall season will come to a close this weekend, as the women hit the links on Saturday and Sunday to determine the conference champion. The winner of this weekend’s tournament will receive the conference’s automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship held May 13-16 in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.
This year’s HCAC tournament will be hosted by Hanover and held at the 5,827 yard par 72 Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour, Indiana.
Franklin enters the tournament as the two-time defending league champions. The Grizzlies won the championship by 18 strokes over second place Hanover last fall, firing a two-day total of 696. FC will look to freshman Paige Lundy (Greenwood, Ind./Whiteland) and senior Allison Bayley (Plymouth, Ind./H.S.) to lead the charge this weekend. Lundy is averaging a team-best 84.8 strokes per round this fall, while Bayley is averaging a round of 85.5.
Hanover will strive to dethrone the Grizzlies from the top of the HCAC and claim its first title since the fall of 2010. The Panthers have four golfers ranking in the top 15 of the HCAC scoring lists this fall. On September 8, Hanover won the Hanover Invitational at Shadowood Golf Course, leading all of the competing HCAC schools. Junior Brooke McKay (Carmel, Ind./H.S.) leads the HCAC in scoring average (79.4) and will look to repeat as medalist. Sophomore Erika Shepherd (Jeffersonville, Ind./H.S.) ranks fourth in the conference, averaging a round of 83.2.
Anderson University’s Krista Zurcher (Leesburg, Ind./Wawasee) and Rose-Hulman’s Peem Chanrotchanaphan (Chiang Mai, Thailand/Grace International) will look to challenge for the medalist crown over the weekend. Zurcher ranks second in scoring average (81.6) and earned the individual crown at the Rose-Hulman Invitational in late September. Chanrotchanaphan stands third in scoring average (82.0) as a freshman.
The top eight finishers after the two rounds are complete will earn All-HCAC honors. The top freshman finisher after Sunday’s second round will receive the Freshman of the Year award. Action will get underway Saturday at 11AM and Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.