Clifford Named PAC Player of the Year
GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Golf Championships were scheduled to conclude April 18, but due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the PAC Presidents' Council canceled the 2020 Spring seasons on April 3.
As a result, the 2019-20 PAC team title and postseason award winners were determined exclusively by the 36-hole results of the 2019 PAC Fall Championship, which took place Oct. 7-8 at Avalon Golf & Country Club in Warren, Ohio. The women played 36 holes at its par-72 Avalon at Squaw Creek course in Vienna.
Westminster posted a two-round team score of 732 (373-359) last Fall to claim this year's title, finishing 43 strokes ahead of second-place.
The PAC title is Westminster's fifth overall and second-straight. The Titans, led by third-year Head Coach Matt Torrence '93, also won conference titles in 2003-04, 2004-05, 2011-12 and 2018-19. Torrence earned his second-straight PAC Women's Coach of the Year award.
PAC Player of the Year honors went to Westminster first-year Kasey Clifford (Longport, NJ / Ocean City), who claimed Fall medalist honors after registering a 166. She shot an 88 during the first round before firing a low round of 78 during the second round. Clifford also secured the PAC Newcomer of the Year award (the first in program history). Clifford is just the second Titan to earn PAC Player of the Year honors (Kelsey Phillips: 2016-17 and 2017-18).
Joining Clifford as All-PAC First Team honorees for Westminster is first-year Erika Hoover (New Castle, PA / Wilmington) who was the runner-up after logging a 172 (85-87) last Fall. This marked the first time in program history that the Titans claimed both the medalist and runner-up honors at the PAC Championships.
Earning All-PAC Second Team honors for Westminster were senior Emily Marcus (South Park, PA / South Park) who tied for eighth with a two-round score of 196 (98-98) and junior Mariah Hoff (Vienna, OH / Matthews) who finished 10th with a 198 (102-96). First-year Baylee Horvath (Murrysville, PA / Franklin Regional) earned All-PAC Honorable Mention with a 12th-place score of 201 (102-99).
*The PAC contributed to this story.