STEVENS, Pa. – For the second-consecutive year, Franklin & Marshall is set to host the Centennial Conference (CC) Women's Golf Championships at Foxchase Golf Club in Stevens.
The Diplomats are one of seven teams competing at the 17th annual tournament with round one occurring on Saturday, and a team and individual champion being crowned at the conclusion of round two on Sunday.
CC Championship History
F&M looks to extend its streak of placing a top-five golfer at the tournament to three years after Kathleen Smith '16 earned All-CC honors in both 2015 (2nd place) and 2016 (T-5th place).
In the 16-year history of the event, F&M has finished in the top-three seven times but has yet to secure a conference title. Gettysburg enters the event as its six-time defending champion after posting a team score of 691 a year ago to defeat runner-up McDaniel (724) by 33 shots.
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
Freshman Anelise Browne has been sensational during her first semester of collegiate golf, heading into the weekend with an 84.5 tournament stroke average and is fresh off of back-to-back tournaments of shooting in the 70's. Browne fired a 77 at the Ursinus Spring Invitational on April 10 to place third out of 26 competitors, before garnering the individual title at LVC's Spring Invitational on April 15 with a 79.
A Look at the Field
Samantha Sessa (2015 Champion) and Sarah Hansen (2016 Champion) pace a stacked Gettysburg team as the top contenders for the Individual Championship. Sessa and Hansen head into action with the first and second lowest score average of the season at 80.71 and 82, respectively. Others to watch includes Muhlenberg's Aine Filler and Ursinus' Rebecca Chiger.
Scoring for the 2017 Championships will be made available on golfstat.com.