BLUFFTON, Ohio – Playing their final event ahead of the conference championships, the Franklin women's golf team closed out their fall regular season on a high note against the rest of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) at the HCAC Preview on Saturday and Sunday.
Paced by a quartet of top-20 finishes, the Grizzlies placed third out of 11 programs competing. The Grizzlies carded a 36-hole score of 668 (328-340), besting fourth-place finisher Mount St. Joseph by 10 shots on the weekend.
Sitting atop the Franklin leaderboard at the end of the weekend was sophomore Maci French, who continued a strong fall. The Lebanon, Ind.-native earned a sixth-place finish with a 163 (84-79) and set a new career-best 18-hole score with her Sunday performance.
Finishing just outside the top-10 was junior Gabi Sharp, who earned a share of 12th place for the weekend with a 167 (83-84). One shot back of her was junior Jaley Schlosser, whose 168 (82-86) was good for sole possession of 16th place. Schlosser's round one 82 was also her career-low round.
Junior Megg Hensler concluded the weekend with a 170 (79-91) to tie for 19th overall. Freshman Mara Wilson rounded out the Franklin top-five with a 183 (90-93) to finish in 42nd place against the field. Junior Mackenzie Black competed as an individual, tying for 56th with a 197 (101-96).
Rose-Hulman emerged victorious, besting runner-up Transylvania by 11 shots with a 640. The Engineers' Rachel Zhang won a playoff to take home medalist honors.
The Grizzlies will have three weeks to prepare for a trip back to Bluffton for the 2019 HCAC Championships, which take place on Oct. 12-13 at Bluffton GC.