Two Conference Titles | Four NCAA Championship Appearances | Two All-Americans | One Academic All-American
Colonels finish second at HCAC Preview; Miller earns medalist honors
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Facing the final 18 holes at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference preview, the Centre women's golf team sat in a tie for third place. The Colonels climbed up the leaderboard on the last day of play and finished second overall, with senior Alison Miller (Lexington, Ky.) taking tournament medalist honors in her hometown.
The Colonels trailed Transylvania by four shots after Saturday's round and were tied with Rose-Hulman. On Sunday Centre shot a combined team score of 314, tying tournament champion Texas-Dallas for the lowest round of the day and the entire tournament, jumping Transylvania and Rose-Hulman in the process.
Individually, Miller sat one shot back of the overall lead after Saturday and posted her second consecutive score of 74 to earn tournament medalist honors with a two-day score of 148.
"Luckily, things were clicking for me these past two days," said Miller. "I was able to keep myself levelheaded and in a good state of mind, which makes all the difference in golf. My teammates were also so supportive and constantly cheering me on, making the win that much better. Our team really has something going this year and I couldn't be more excited to see what is coming up for us in our next couple of tournaments."
Freshman Bailey Plourde (Newcastle, Maine) shot the lowest round of her young collegiate career, posting a score of 77 on Sunday for a two-day total of 158, good for sixth place overall and a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Senior Madison Grant (Lexington, Ky.) posted a top 20 finish, tying for 19th overall after shooting a round of 82 on Sunday, combining with Saturday's 83 for a combined score of 165, which represents one of her best scores and finishes as a Colonel.
Sophomore Cameron Cahill (Lexington, Ky.) rebounded from Saturday's round with a career low score of 81 on Sunday for a two-day score of 81. Junior Allie Henrie (Geneva, Ill.) rounded out Centre's scores from Sunday with a round of 92. Sophomore Lauren Zacks (Sarasota, Fla.) and senior Eliza Hudson (Mauckport, Ind.) entered as individuals and posted respective scores of 84 and 88 to land both players in the individual top 50.
"This is a very close group of ladies," said head coach Bryan Hearn. "They are coming together as a family and playing for each other. It's a special thing when players come together as one unit and push each other on and off the course for the team to succeed and reach those goals together."
The Centre women's golf team will return to action on Oct. 1-2 to compete in the Generals Invitational at Washington & Lee University.