ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – McDaniel turned in a record-breaking day, but it wasn’t enough to catch Gettysburg as the Bullets edged the Green Terror by two strokes at the Centennial conference championship hosted by the Hanover Country Club.
Gettysburg won its second consecutive conference title and third in five years with a conference-record 691 in 36 holes. The Bullets topped the previous low by 23 strokes and the team needed every single one as McDaniel came in at 693, including a tournament record 339 on Sunday. The Green Terror broke the single-round record by four set by Gettysburg during Saturday’s opening round.
Sophomore Kara McNulty copied the team’s finish by claiming individual honors by two strokes ahead McDaniel’s Morgan Koopman. McNulty, who shot a 78 on Saturday, finished with an 80 on Sunday and was named CC Player of the Year. She shattered Gettysburg’s record for 36 holes by eight strokes and she broke the single-season scoring record by finishing the year with an 82.9 average. McNulty is the third Bullet to earn top honors at the conference tournament, following Merrill Fortier ’08 in 2008 and current teammate Caroline Nathan in 2009.
Koopman led McDaniel’s run at overcoming Gettysburg’s 11-stroke lead entering the final round. She posted the lowest final round in tournament history with a 77 and finished runner-up for the second year in a row with a 160.
Koopman was joined on the all-conference team by teammates Katherine Restrepo and Alise McNutt. Restrepo carded the third-best round on Sunday with an 83 and finished third overall at 171, while McNutt shaved four strokes off her first-round total with an 85 on day two and ended up in a tie for fifth at 174.
Freshman Lauren Sobotka joined McNulty on the All-Centennial team by placing in a tie for fifth at 174. She carded an 89 on the final day.
The remaining all-conference spot went to Swarthmore College’s lone representative Amanda Beebe, who posted an 88 in the final round and finished fourth overall at 173.
Junior Molly Nulty and Nathan just missed all-conference recognition with seventh- and eighth-place finishes, respectively. Nulty posted an 87 in the final round and notched a 177 in two days, while Nathan shot 92 on Sunday and a 182 for the tournament. Nathan, a two-time All-CC performer, closed her career third on the program’s all-time scoring list with an average of 88.65 strokes and she finished second with eight tournament titles.
Senior Shelby Glass rounded out Gettysburg’s lineup with a 93 on Sunday. She finished tied for 12th overall at 189.
Gettysburg shattered its program record for scoring this season with a team average of 350.5–10 strokes better than the pace set last season. The team won tournament titles at five different events to tie its own Centennial record.