GREENWOOD, IN – The 2014 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 12-15 in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.
This year’s HCAC tournament will be hosted by Manchester and held at the 5,862 yard par 72 Honeywell Golf Course in Wabash, Indiana.
Hanover enters the tournament as the defending league champions. The Panthers won the championship by 35 strokes over second place Rose-Hulman last fall, firing a HCAC record two-day total of 662. Hanover will look to two-time defending HCAC MVP Brooke McKay (Carmel, Ind./H.S.) and three other returning All-HCAC golfers to lead the charge this weekend. McKay is averaging a HCAC-best 79.6 strokes per round this fall.
Rose-Hulman will strive to dethrone the Panthers from the top of the HCAC and claim its first conference title. The Engineers have four golfers ranking in the top 15 of the HCAC scoring lists this fall. This past weekend, Rose-Hulman won the Franklin Invitational, leading all six of the competing HCAC schools. Sophomore Peem Chanrotchanaphan (Chiang, Thailand/Grace International School) ranks fourth in the HCAC in scoring average with an average of 82.5. Freshman Ashton Foushee (Glasgow, Ky./H.S.) is averaging 83.9 strokes per round to rank fifth in the conference, while teammate Hayley Vonder Haar (Highland, Ill./H.S.) ranks sixth in the league (85.3).
Anderson University’s Krista Zurcher (Leesburg, Ind./Wawasee) will look to challenge for the medalist crown over the weekend. Zurcher ranks second in scoring average this fall, averaging 81.0 strokes per round.
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.