GREENWOOD, Ind. -- The 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's golf 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 at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. on May 8-11, 2018.
This year's HCAC tournament will be hosted by Transylvania University and held at the 5,800 yard par 73 Keene Run Golf Course in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
Hanover enters the tournament as the four-time defending league champions. The Panthers won the championship by 12 strokes over second place Rose-Hulman last fall. Hanover will look to its two All-HCAC returners from last season's lineup to lead the charge this weekend. The reigning HCAC Freshman of the Year Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind. / Lebanon) enters the tournament with an average 18-hole score of 82.00 strokes. Sophomore Maddison Cody (Brownsburg, Ind. / Brownsburg) was also a member of the national team and All-HCAC selection last year and is averaging 82.64 strokes on the season.
Rose-Hulman will strive to dethrone the Panthers from the top of the HCAC and claim its first conference title. Rose-Hulman's lineup features senior returner Ashton Foushee (Glasgow, Ky. / Glasgow) who received Freshman of the Year honors and All-HCAC honors in her three seasons with the Fightin' Engineers. Foushee is averaging 84.04 strokes per round on the season. Rose-Hulman's lineup also includes sophomore Rebecca Su (St. Louis, Mo. / Parkway West) who was an All-HCAC selection from last season's championship. Su is averaging 82.89 strokes per round this season.
Transylvania placed fourth at last year's women's golf championships with a 36-hole total of 719 strokes. The Pioneers return HCAC Most Valuable Player Meredith Moir (Louisville, Ky. / Sacred Heart) and All-HCAC selection Jenna Soderling (Central City, Ky. / Muhlenberg Co.). The two juniors for the Pioneers are averaging 78.13 strokes per round and 82.00 strokes per round this season, respectively.
Earlier this season, eight of the nine HCAC squads played in the Transylvania Invitational at Keene Trace Golf Club. Transylvania had the lowest two-day score in the event at 645, followed by Rose-Hulman at 654, Hanover at 659 and Manchester at 701.
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 8:30 a.m. and Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m.