Long makes all-conference team
October 11, 2013
Monmouth College Photo / Long finishes second in the Midwest Conference Championship.
A rough final round kept sophomore Hannah Long out of the winner’s circle this weekend at the Midwest Conference Championship Tournament held at Rockford’s Aldeen Golf Club. Long finished runner up and placed on the all-conference team. This marked the first time a Monmouth golfer has made the all-conference team since 2009.
Unfortunately, this year’s course change didn’t work out for Monmouth as the waterlogged Aldeen Golf Club kept the Scots out of the top three. Monmouth placed fourth with a total of 1122 behind medalist Grinnell College who fired a 54-hole total of 1093.
Long’s 54-hole 265 placed her second behind Illinois College’s medalist, Mackenzie Barker, who totaled a 254. Following Long from Monmouth was Annie Sandrock with a score of 286 (T-13th) and Anne Begley, 287 (15th). Behind them were teammates Tanner Garey who fired a 293 (19th), Megan Shultz with a 297 (22nd) and Breanne Ford, 298 (23rd).
The course proved difficult the first two days with multiple showers and one extended rain delay. “The course was challenging and was like nothing we played all season,” said Long. “There was a lot of water and we had to play smart.”
After the first day of competition Monmouth finished second behind Illinois College who held a commanding 21-stroke lead. Following the hot start on day one, the Scots cut into Illinois College’s lead on day two. Unfortunately for Monmouth, the increase wasn’t enough as they fell to fourth place after a day full of rain delays. On Sunday, the weather cleared and play resumed but the putts didn’t seem to drop. Grinnell eventually claimed the lead over Illinois College by nine strokes.
The Scots felt they left a few strokes out on the difficult course. “Everyone struggled, I’m unsure if it was the playing conditions or because of their swings. We just dug ourselves into a hole that was a little too deep,” said Begley. “We have to get over the pressure and just focus on our games.”
The women’s golf team heads into the offseason with much to work on. “During the winter I will work on my full swing and play and play and play,” said Long.
Fellow teammate Garey had similar thoughts: “The main thing I will work on is consistency and being able to shake off a bad shot and do better on the next hole.”
As the Scots move toward next year’s season, the focus will be on consistency and lowering scores. With a young and talented team the women’s golf program will not lose a player next year. As the 2014 golf season approaches, Monmouth looks to be the top contender for the Midwest Conference Championship.