Women’s golf wins HCAC tourney, will play in NCAA championships
Even though they won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament, the best is yet to come for the women’s golf team.
That’s because their HCAC crown, first in school history, also brings with it the Pioneers’ first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III championships, to be played May 13-16 in Port Lucie, Fla.
First-year player Janca Millett led the Pioneers in the HCAC tournament with a two-day total of 164 (85-79) as the Pioneers turned in a five-player team total of 705, good for a 22-stroke win over second place Manchester College. Millett was second in medalist competition, just two strokes back of Stephanie Harrington of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Other Transy players in the championship were first-year player Megan Foley (84-86, 170), senior Brittany Daulton (91-91, 182), sophomore Megan Graeter (92-97, 189), and sophomore Sara Escobedo (107-111, 218).
“It was an impressive win for our team,” said head coach Mark Turner ’77. “With freshmen playing in our top two spots, we thought we might be a year away, but our players really rose to the occasion. We’re excited to get a chance to experience the NCAA tournament.”
Transy had a very successful regular season, highlighted by wins in the Rose-Hulman Invitational and the Transy Fall Invitational. The Pioneers began the year with a 357-391 win over Rose Hulman as Foley (86) and Millett (87) served notice of their future outstanding play. Millett was medalist in the Transy meet with an 84, and Foley was second at 87. In the Centre College Invitational, the Pioneers placed second to the host Colonels with a 343, nine shots back of the winners. Millett (80) and Foley (82) once again paced Transy.
Individual honors came Transy’s way when Millett was named HCAC Freshman of the Year and was joined on the All-HCAC team by Foley.
Turner was named the HCAC Coach of the Year, an honor he had previously won as Transy’s women’s basketball coach in 2003.