Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. – The Transylvania women's golf team spent the weekend going up against the best in the nation at the 2017 NCAA Preview Tournament at the Mission Inn Resort, wrapping up second-round play on Monday.
Taking on some of the top teams in the country, including many who appeared in last year's NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships, the Pioneers recorded a 12th-place team finish, carding a two-round score of 674.
Transylvania improved upon its round-one score of 341 by eight strokes on Monday to finish the event on an improved note.
"Making the trip to Howey-in-the-Hills was a great experience for our team," commented Transylvania women's golf head coach Tyrus York after second round play. "We were challenged by an NCAA golf course against the best teams in the country. We weren't satisfied with the results, but the ability to play the golf course that will host the NCAA Tournament was extremely valuable."
Leading the way for the Pioneers was junior Meredith Moir, who was one of the standout performers on the individual leaderboard. The Pioneer fired a round one three-over par 76, slotting her in a tie for sixth place after the first round, and finished the second round with a six-over 79 for a two-day score of 155. Moir completed her showing at Mission Inn in a tie for ninth place out of 77 competitors.
"Meredith was steady once again in leading our team and she continues to be a great example for what we want from our program," added York. "I'm also very proud of Rebecca and Jenna for having great bounce back rounds after their first round struggles."
Transylvania sophomore Rebecca Fine came in second among her Pioneer teammates, improving upon her round-one 90 by shooting an 82 on Monday. Transylvania junior Jenna Soderling finished three strokes off of Fine by carding a 175, improving upon her first round by 11 strokes. Sophomore Lexie Lamar was just a stroke behind Soderling with a 176, and sophomore Rachel Fine rounded out the group with a 177.
Transylvania comes home this weekend with another preview event, this time playing the role of host for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Preview tournament. The Pioneers will host 18 holes of golf on Saturday, September 23 and 18 more on Sunday, September 24 at Keene Run Golf Course in Nicholasville, Kentucky, where HCAC teams will convene again next month for the conference championship.
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