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 once again serve as the host for this year's tournament as the Diplomats are one of eight teams competing in the 19th 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 three of the past four seasons. Kathleen Smith earned the distinction in 2015 and 2016, while Anelise Browne finished fourth at the 2017 Championship to garner the accolade.
In the 18-year history of the event, F&M has finished in the top three seven times but has yet to secure a Centennial title. A pair of Diplomats have 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
Megan Whittier leads the Diplomats into this weekend's Tournament after securing F&M's highest finish at last year's Championship by placing 21st out of 38 golfers with a 200 total (89-111). Her day one round was the best of her career as she entered the final day in fifth place.
Whittier and Ember Toth were both 2-0 in match play during the 2018-19 regular season and Toth produced F&M's best individual performance in tournament play by shooting a 103 for a fifth-place showing at the McDaniel Tri-Match on Sept. 16th. Maddy Markmann-Porch and Jamila Gowdy are expected to round out the Diplomats' participants.
A Look at the Field
Returning CC Player of the Year and defending champion Alessandra Bertacche of Marymount figures to be a favorite to reclaim the title. Two-time Centennial Player of the Week Skylar Frankiewicz and teammate Hannah Fireman are both returning All-CC players for Gettysburg and figure to be in the mix for top-individual finisher as well.
Eight-time defending champion Gettysburg was the unanimous preseason favorite to continue its unprecedented run of success as Marymount will look to give the Bullets a run.
In the event that inclement weather suspends a round of play over the weekend, the tournament's final round can be extended to occur on Monday.
Scoring for the 2019 Championship will be made available on golfstat.com.