NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. – The 2017 fall season wrapped up for the Franklin College women's golf team on Sunday afternoon with a fifth place finish at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championship, hosted by Transylvania University at Keene Run Golf Course.
The Grizzlies carded a two-round score of 725 (363-362) to finished sandwiched between Manchester and Mount St. Joseph in the standings.
Topping the leaderboard for the Grizzlies was junior Keely Townsend. The Muncie, Ind.-native paced the team with a 168 (85-83), earning a share of 13th overall. Townsend's round of 83 on day two would also be the lowest of any Franklin player on the weekend.
Freshman Megg Hensler turned in two consistent rounds on her way to a share of 23rd place with a 181 (91-90). Junior Hannah Sharkey fired back-to-back 94s to finish 29th overall with a 188. Senior Hannah White (93-97) and freshman Jaley Schlosser (95-95) rounded out the Franklin lineup, finishing tied for 32nd overall with dueling 190s.
For the first time in four years, there's a new conference champion after Transylvania University ran away with the championship, firing a 624 (310-324) to win by 18 shots over second place Rose-Hulman and 31 shots over four-time defending champion Hanover.
Transylvania's Meredith Moir and Rachel Fine, along with Rose-Hulman's Caitlin Coverstone, all shared first place with matching 155s.
The Grizzlies are off for the winter as they prepare for their abbreviated spring schedule. The Franklin women are back on the course on Apr. 10, when they head to Crooked Stick Golf Course in Carmel, Ind. for the Big 4 Classic.