Hannah Bracken recently competed in the NJCAA Women's Golf National Championship held in Mesa, AZ at Longbow Golf Course. Her four-day score was +141. The score placed her in 109th place in the 116 player field. This tournament closed the books on the NCMC Lady Pirates first ever season.
"Our inaugural women's golf season was a success in my eyes as a coach. We went out and improved from day one and ended up with Hannah qualifying for the national tourney. As a coach, I had a goal from the end of the fall season to get at least one individual qualified for the national tourney and that was achieved," commented Coach Daniel Cordray of the season as a whole.
"For the national tourney, we knew that it would be a new experience with new challenges. The first challenge was just getting over the nerves and anxiety of being in a much bigger spotlight. Another challenge was that it would be a 72 hole, four round event. I thought overall Hannah did a pretty good job of overcoming these challenges. In our two practice rounds, we knew that the course would be a pretty long test in distance for Hannah, especially on the back nine. We had a goal 18-hole score of 98. We never quite met that, and the back nine proved to be quite a challenge and we struggled with scoring on it. We proved that we could score on the front nine with scores of 44 and 48 in two of the rounds. The course was setup at a little over 6300 yards which is a tough test for women's golf. In comparison to area high school girl's tournaments in Missouri, most are set up around 5000-5200 yards. I think we had a great experience at nationals, made some new friends, and great contacts with other coaches for our program moving forward. I really look forward to our upcoming season with our new additions to our team and seeing returners continue to improve. Also, I'm proud to see Hannah moving on to a four-year program at Park University to finish off her collegiate golf career. It is a great footstep for the rest of our golfers coming through our program to see what can be achieved," concluded Cordray.