By Josh Neuhart
Grace College Sports Information
PALM COAST, Fla. – Grace’s women’s golf team had one of its finest rounds in program history on Monday to open up the 2020 NCCAA National Championships.
The Lady Lancers carded 310 as a team, the best round in a championship event in team history.
Grace is currently second in the field behind Dallas Baptist’s 283. DBU ended last year as the No. 3 ranked team in NCAA Div. II.
Carolyn Pacocha led the way with a sizzling round of 71. The sophomore turned in the second-lowest round across any event in program history, and she now owns the lowest championship round in Grace’s record book.
Pacocha finds herself tied for second on the individual leaderboard at NCCAA Nationals, three shots behind the overall leader (Evelyn Arguelles, DBU). Pacocha birdied twice on the opening nine holes before parring out nine straight holes to end her day.
Rebecca Hawes sits in eight place overall with a score of 77. Lucy Young and Hannah Godfrey are next in line with rounds of 81, and Rachel Harvey rounded out the team with an 87.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with our performance today! 310 on this course and in the wind is special,” said Grace head coach Denny Duncan. “Carolyn was truly sensational, and I’m pleased to see Rebecca continue her excellent play. Hannah Godfrey stepped up in her first varsity tournament. We have 36 more holes to play, but today was an excellent start. I’m excited about the rest of the tournament!”
Grace’s round on Monday was nine strokes better than its best round in 2019 when the Lady Lancers won the NCCAA national championship.
The second round for the Lady Lancers is on Tuesday with the final round to be played Wednesday.