Koopman finishes second

Koopman finishes second
Morgan Koopman receives her silver medal from Centennial Conference Executive Director Steve Ulrich. Photo courtesy of Corey Jewart, Gettysburg College.

ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – Morgan Koopman (Finksburg, Md./McDonogh) nearly did something she had been trying to do for four years – win an individual Centennial Conference (CC) championship.

The senior went to a sudden-victory with Gettysburg's Kara McNulty after both fired a 36-hole total of 161 at Hanover Country Club. However, for the third straight year, Koopman would have to settle for a runner-up finish, falling on the first playoff hole.

She did, however, accomplish a feat accomplished only four times before her – finish in the top five all four years to earn all-conference honors each year. Koopman joins fellow Green Terror golfers, Kelly Cramp, Garnett Pumphrey and Jennie Weiner as four of the five players in CC history to turn the trick.

As a team, McDaniel posted the fourth-lowest 36-hole total in conference championship history with a score of 701. However, Gettysburg shattered both the 18- and 36-hole tournament records, firing a 331 on Saturday en route to a total of 677. The first-round score was eight strokes better than any other team round while the 36-hole score was 14 shots better.

Koopman fired the low round of the tournament, posting a score of 77 on Saturday to sleep on the individual lead. She, however, posted a round of 84 on Sunday in worsening conditions during the round to fall into a tie with McNulty at 161.

Alise McNutt (Flourtown, Pa./Mount St. Joseph) added a sixth-place showing for the Green Terror, firing rounds of 88 and 87, respectively, to finish with a total of 175.

Bridget McLaughlin (Langhorne, Pa./Wyoming Seminary Upper) finished tied for 10th overall, posting a round of 90 on Saturday before carding a round of 92 on Sunday.

Liz Moir (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) placed 12th overall, two shots behind McLaughling with a 184. She fired a 95 in the opening round before carding a round of 89 on Sunday.

Katie Pass (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) rounded out the McDaniel competitors with a score of 191 (94-97) to finish 21st.

Team Scores: 1. Gettysburg 677 (331-346), 2. McDaniel 701 (349-352), 3. Susquehanna 728 (355-373), 4. Dickinson 758 (377-381), 5. Franklin & Marshall 799 (392-407), 6. Ursinus 875 (443-432), 7. Muhlenberg 886 (436-450).

McDaniel Results: 2. Morgan Koopman 161 (77-84), 6. Alise McNutt 175 (88-87), 10T. Bridget McLaughlin 185 (91-94), 12T. Liz Moir 184 (95-89), 21. Katie Pass 191 (94-97).