McDaniel takes seventh crown

McDaniel takes seventh crown

Green Terror edges Franklin & Marshall by one stroke for closest win

HAMPSTEAD, Md. – Jennie Weiner (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) finished with a two-day score of 175 to finish third overall and lead McDaniel to its seventh Centennial Conference (CC) women's golf championship, hosted by Piney Branch Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday.

The Green Terror overcame a two-stroke deficit to Franklin & Marshall after Saturday's first round with a second-round score of 355 to post a 723 and defeat the Diplomats by one stroke.

Franklin & Marshall led after round one with a 366 to McDaniel's 368 but notched its highest place finish since 2002 with a 358 on Sunday. It was the closest conference championship in the 10-year history of the event, surpassing last year's nine-shot victory by the Green Terror.

The Diplomats did claim the individual medalist honors with freshman Meghan Maloney's two-round score of 166 behind a tournament-low round of 80 on Sunday – the lowest round turned in by any CC golfer this season and second-lowest final-round score posted in the championship.

Grace Gallagher finished second with a two-round total of 169 before McDaniel took the next three places overall, rounding out the all-conference honorees.

Weiner carded an 87 on Saturday and an 88 on Sunday to lead the Green Terror to its lowest championship-round team total since a 354 in 2004's final round.

Morgan Koopman (Finksburg, Md./McDonogh) posted matching rounds of 88 to finish fourth overall with a 176 while Nicole Cristy (Towson, Md./Bryn Mawr) posted an 87 on Sunday after a first-round 92 to finish with a 179 and in fifth place overall.

Anna Bencriscutto (Oro Valley, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge) shot a 203 (101-102) for the tournament while Val Saucier (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) turned in a round of 92 on Sunday after having her score disqualified on Saturday.

Team Scores: 1. McDaniel 723 (368-355), 2. Franklin & Marshall 724 (366-358), 3. Gettysburg 801 (395-406), 4. Dickinson 831 (425-406), 5. Susquehanna 851 (423-428).

McDaniel Results: 3. Jennie Weiner 723 (368-355), 4. Morgan Koopman 176 (88-88), 5. Nicole Cristy 179 (92-87), 13T. Anna Bencriscutto 203 (101-102), -. Val Saucier (dq-92).