By Jeff Raymond
Grace College Sports Information
Grace College’s men’s and women’s golf teams both competed this week in multi-day tournaments, the women at home and the men in Michigan.
Lady Lancers Win Battle At The Henge
The Grace women’s golf team placed six players near the top of the leader board to take top honors at the Battle at the Henge, played at the local Stonehenge Country Club.
The Lancers finished with a two-day total of 628, beating out runner-up Indiana Tech by five strokes.
Senior Rebecca Hawes put together a strong performance, shooting a154 (78-76) to finish third individually. Grace May, a freshman, was close behind in a tie for fourth with a 156 (77-79). Carolyn Pacocha was the third Grace finisher, posting a 158 (82-76) and placing eighth.
A trio of Lancers all shot scores of 161 to tie for ninth. They were Summer Stillson, Sloane Winders and Lucy Young.
“I’m really excited about the direction of our team,” said Coach Denny Duncan. “After struggling through the middle portion of our fall season, we turned things around and winning today shows the momentum is moving in the right direction. Winning our own invitational for the first time is extra special.
“A terrific thing about this team is its depth. It’s impossible to know from one round to the next who will lead us in scoring,” added Duncan. ” Rebecca Hawes was exceptional this week and Grace May had another excellent outing. Out entire B-team also played well.”
The Grace B-team placed fifth and was led by Abby Slabaugh with a two-round total of 170, and Hannah Godfrey, who shot 175.
The Lancers will travel to Florida next week to compete in the NCCAA Championships, played at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast.
Lancers Active At Egypt Valley Intercollegiate
The Lancers showed some flashes of their potential at the Egypt Valley Intercollegiate, but some inconsistency in the three-round event placed them in a tie for fifth overall. The tournament was hosted by Taylor University and played at the Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada, Michigan.
All six golfers for Grace shot at least one round in the 70’s, but only Peyton Kelly and Blake Lawson were able to post scores below 80 in two of the three rounds. Kelly recorded rounds of 75-82-74 to finish 14th individually with a 231 total. Lawson followed closely with rounds of 75-80-79 for a total of 234.
Parker Wilburn finished with a 240 (76-81-83) and Chase Byron shot a 241 (81-75-85). Tristan Dubbs (248) and Noah Wright (249) rounded out the results.
“We’ve had three different players finish in the top ten in tournaments this year,” said Coach Denny Hepler. “When we are able to have everyone playing well at the same time, this will be a very good team. We are looking for things to come together next week in Florida.”
The Lancers travel to Palm Coast, Florida next week to compete in the NCCAA Championships, hosted at the Hammock Beach Resort.