LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's golf team is set to compete at the two-day Centennial Conference (CC) Championship, beginning on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at the Conestoga Country Club in Lancaster. Round two on Sunday is also scheduled for a noon start.
The Centennial will serve as the host for this year's tournament as the Diplomats are one of eight teams competing in the 18th annual event.
CC Championship History
F&M has had a women's golfer land All-CC honors by placing in the top five of the tournament in each of the past three seasons. Kathleen Smith earned the distinction in 2015 and 2016, while Anelise Browne finished fourth at last year's Championships to garner the accolade.
In the 17-year history of the event, F&M has finished in the top-three seven times but has yet to secure a conference title. 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. F&M's lowest score in a round came courtesy of Smith in 2015 with a 77 on day two, while Smith also holds the lowest tournament score in program history after carding a 160 (83-77) in 2015.
A Look at F&M
Jamila Gowdy leads the Diplomats with a 98.7 stroke average through three rounds, including her season-low of 93 at last weekend's Red Devil American Classic, hosted by Dickinson. Fellow freshman Sarah Acquaviva is next with a 100 stroke average through five rounds this year, while Megan Whittier, and Kristen Clair are expected to round out F&M's lineup.
A Look at the Field
Marymount's Alessandra Bertache enters as one of the favorites after leading the Centennial during the regular season with an 81.92 stroke average through nine events. The junior finished in the top 10 in each of her nine competitions and won one tournament.
Gettysburg's Skylar Frankiewicz (83.75) and Hannah Fireman (86.43), as well as Muhlenberg's Aine Filler (84.75) figure to compete for a top spot as All-CC returners from a year ago.
Seven-time defending champion Gettysburg leads the Centennial with three tournament wins this season and an average round score of 90.50. However, newcomer Marymount poses a threat to the Bullets' reign. The Saints are led by Bertacche and Alexis Miller (85.36 average) and have averaged a 363.28 team score through nine rounds in 2017-18, the second lowest amongst CC teams.
New Conference Members
Marymount (Va.) and Neumann joined the Centennial as associate members for women's golf at the start of the 2017-18 season. Following the departure of Susquehanna to the Landmark Conference, the CC now has eight members that sponsor women's golf – Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, McDaniel, Muhlenberg, and Ursinus.
Scoring for the 2018 Championship will be made available on golfstat.com.