STEVENS, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's golf team is set to compete at the 16th annual Centennial Conference (CC) Championships this weekend at Foxchase Golf Club in Stevens, Pa. The Diplomats will be the host for the two-day, 36-hole tournament that will begin on Saturday and conclude on Sunday with a team and individual champion being crowned.
CC Championship History
At last season's Championships, F&M placed fourth as a team, tallying 760 points (381-379) at the two-day event. Kathleen Smith led the way with a second-place finish, tying for the lowest score on day two after carding a 77 on Sunday to give her a two-day total of 160 and shaving six strokes off her day one score.
With the top-five finish, Smith landed on the All-CC Team, the first for F&M since Meghan Maloney and Grace Gallagher in 2010.
In the 15-year history of the event, F&M has finished in the top-three seven times but has yet to secure a conference title. Five-time defending champion Gettysburg became the first team since McDaniel (2002-06) to win five consecutive championships last season. A pair of Diplomats has claimed the individual title with Megan Maloney earning the honor in 2010 and Elizabeth Boyer beating out the field in 2006.
A Look at the Field
Defending Champion Samantha Sessa leads a once-again stacked Gettysburg squad that features three golfers in the conference's top-five lowest stroke average. Other competitors to watch include Muhlenberg's Aine Filler, Ursinus' Rebecca Chiger, and McDaniel's Casey Marson.
A Look at F&M
Smith looks to repeat her All-CC performance from a year ago and enters the weekend with a 90 stroke average through four events, which is good for seventh in the conference. The senior leader of the squad placed in the top 10 in all four events she appeared in while registering a pair of top-five performances.
Megan Whittier and Harriet Waldron round out F&M's lineup. Whittier's best showing on the season came at the F&M Fall Invitational in October where she totaled an 111 to tie for 13th. Waldron participated in a pair of spring events with her best showing coming at the Susquehanna Invitational last weekend when she carded an 119 to finish 11th.
Scoring for the 2016 Championships will be made available on golfstat.com.