Release courtesy of Hanover College
HOUSTON, TX – The Hanover College women’s golf team competed in the NCAA National Championship over the past four days, Tuesday through Friday, finishing 15th as a team.
Though the Panthers had completed their fourth round on Friday, the tournament was called due to weather, and only the first three rounds were made official.
In the field of 21 teams, the Panthers were as high as 13th after the opening round before stalling to 15th place after rounds two and three with a total of 1001 (336-331-334).
In her final NCAA tournament event, Erika Shepherd lead the way for HC, placing in a tie for 12th with a three-day total of 229 (80-77-72). Shepherd’s third round score of 72 was just one of three scores at even par or better on Thursday. The senior was also one of just four players with a par 3 scoring average under par, finishing at minus-one.
With 109 individuals participating, Alli Lindenschmidt (Indianapolis, Ind.) was the next Panther on the leaderboard, finishing tied for 73rd. Lindenschmidt closed her career with three rounds in the 80’s to record a 251 (85-82-84) total.
Fellow senior, Brittany Mosteller (Indianapolis, Ind.) placed 84th with a score of 261 (87-85-89). Mosteller was second on the team in par 3 scoring at plus-eight.
Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.) logged her best round in the first 18 holes, shooting an 84, en route to a tie for 86th finish. Wuerch finished with a mark of 264 (84-91-89), as she posted 18 pars and one birdie for the tournament.
Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.) had two of her three rounds count in the team scoring as she placed 90th with at 266 (90-87-89). Smith finished with the second best par four scoring average for HC at 4.63.
Rhodes College came from behind after the opening round to take home the team national championship with a total of 904. The University of Redlands’ Caroline Ordian won individual medalist honors with a score of 218.