The Long View
September 27, 2013
Hannah Long was on the Monmouth campus five minutes when she knew it was the place for her. She’s probably never been more confident in her decision than last week when she earned her second straight Midwest Conference Performer of the Week while breaking her own Fighting Scot golf record. Her 18-hole round score of 77 now stands as the lowest score on the Scots’ all-time list. Her top record is followed by Long…and Long again. Only a sophomore, Long stands as one of the top women’s golfers in the Midwest Conference and has led the Scots to be current favorites for the conference title with a 0.3 stroke margin over Grinnell. Long is proud of the record but had other things on her mind at the Benedictine Invitational. “I wasn’t necessarily thinking it’s the school record, I was thinking it’s the lowest round I’ve ever shot. I always want to improve. I’m always trying to get better.”
Long is rarely bored. In high school she golfed, swam, played basketball, ran track and was a cheerleader. She was recruited to swim at Monmouth but wanted her primary focus in college to be golf. Long still swims for the Scots but was sidelined last year with a shoulder injury. Majoring in business, she plans to go to business school post-graduation.
As far as the rest of her college career on the links, Long has high, accomplishable goals. “I’d like to win conference as an individual. I think I have a chance to do it this year. It’s going to be competitive but I should have a pretty good chance.” As the conference leader in average strokes per round with 83.8, she’s in prime position to win. She leads Grinnell’s Kayleigh Kresse by two strokes.
Long first picked up a club at the age of eight at Westwood golf course in her hometown of Newton, Iowa. Back then, it was just a fun way to pass the time with her friends. Since those days she says she’s grown, both as a golfer and a person. “My maturity level and my outlook on things have changed. I’m more positive than I was in high school.”
As lush as the green is at Gibson Woods, Long’s dream is to play on one of the eight courses at the historic Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N. C.