Berry Women's Golf Opens Season Ranked No. 10 in WGCA Poll

Berry Women's Golf Opens Season Ranked No. 10 in WGCA Poll

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — After earning a top-10 finish at last year's NCAA Division III Championship, the Berry College women's golf team will open the season ranked No. 10 in the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Preseason Top 25. 

The Berry College women's golf team had a season of firsts in 2017-18. Led by Jorie Hodapp, Karley Hammond, Loren Kim, Rachel Belanger and Allison Smith, the Vikings claimed their first Southern Athletic Association (SAA) title in program history by a whopping 21 strokes at the Greystone Golf Club back in April. The win sealed Berry's first NCAA Tournament appearance for the women's team.

After the tournament, Jorie Hodapp earned SAA Player-of-the-Year honors while head coach Brian Farrer earned SAA Women's Golf Coach-of-the-Year. Hammond, Kim and Belanger also earned All-SAA first team honors. In addition, Farrer was named the WGCA Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year prior to the NCAA Tournament while Belanger was selected All-Region and Hodapp earned second-team All-America accolades. 

The Vikings finished ninth at NCAA's after Hodapp rocketed 12 spots in the final round to finish tied at 7th individually. 

Berry opens the year on Sept. 15 at the MCC Intercollegiate in Montgomery, Ala. 

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.