Lexington, Ky. – Coming off of one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Transylvania women's golf team has unveiled its roster and fall schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
Second-year head coach Tyrus York introduces a talented two-sister class to add to a roster which continues to take championship shape.
The revved-up Pioneers will encounter a fall schedule that features two home tournaments, including the hosting privileges for the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament at Keene Run Golf Course in nearby Nicholasville.
Joining in that journey with the Transylvania women's golf team for the upcoming year are a pair of vaunted recruits from Lexington.
Linking up with a veteran-laden Pioneers squad for 2017-18 are sophomore transfers Rachel and Rebecca Fine, who come to Transylvania from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington. Both golfers bring championship pedigrees to an emerging Pioneers team.
Both incoming players make their way to Transylvania after spending their first seasons at nearby Division III Centre College. They will join a Transylvania program losing just one senior from the 2016-17 season and coming off a fourth-place finish at the HCAC Conference Tournament last fall.
"I am very excited to welcome Rachel and Rebecca to our team this coming season," said York. "They bring a passion and commitment to the game of golf as well as to the classroom and will be a perfect fit into our program."
Rebecca Fine, hailing from Dunbar in Lexington, completed a special run through her high school career, helping her team to a third-place finish at the KHSAA State Tournament, and a second-place finish at the Region 7 Tournament. Fine has risen as one of the best local golfers among her peers, winning the 2016 Kentucky Junior PGA Tournament at Champion Trace and the 2015 Lexington City Junior Golf Championship.
Rachel Fine, having also graduated from Dunbar, brings a vaunted resume to York's program at Transy. Her notable accolades include winning the Lady Kentucky Cup as a senior at Dunbar, placing second in the Anderson County Invitational, third in the Fayette County Cup Championship, and an 11th-place individual finish at the KHSAA State Tournament.
Both sisters are planning on majoring in Biochemistry at Transylvania.
"Given their previous performances, I believe that they will make an immediate positive impact on the team when they arrive on campus this fall," added York.
The two talented veterans aim to be part of an accelerating team which produced a fourth-place finish at last year's HCAC Tournament in Terre Haute, Indiana while furnishing the individual conference champion in junior Meredith Moir, and the second-place finisher in junior Jenna Soderling. With a versatile roster, the Pioneers take aim at a challenging fall that they hope will yield a team primed for excellence by October 14, the first round of the HCAC Conference Tournament.
"Once again I feel like we will have one of the best schedules in the country," York said. "The highlight of the fall schedule will be traveling to Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, to play in the NCAA Preview at the Mission Inn Resort. We also get to host the HCAC Championship as well as the conference preview."
The Pioneers kick off their fall run with the Lynn Schweizer Invitational, hosted by Denison University, in Granville, Ohio on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3.
Transylvania will then venture to the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida for what it hopes will be its first of two trips that way for the NCAA Preview Tournament on Sunday, September 17. The Mission Inn Resort will offer participating hopefuls their first look at the site of the NCAA Championships the following spring as teams compete in a two-round tournament.
Transylvania then comes home for the first of two home events in the fall session with the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Preview tournament at Keene Run in Nicholasville on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24. The Pioneers will enjoy the chance to host other competing HCAC schools at the venue which will serve as the site of the tournament championships three weeks later.
"Any time you have a home course advantage in golf there's reason to get excited," expressed York. "Our spring schedule is also nearing completion and is shaping up to be our most ambitious yet."
Sandwiched between the two home tournaments at Keene Run is the Montgomery C.C. Intercollegiate, running on Sunday, October 1 and Monday, October 2 at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama.
After the fall season culminates with the HCAC Conference Championship running from Saturday, October 14 through Sunday, October, 15, the Pioneers will break for the winter and continue with a developing slate of spring action.
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