Nicholasville, Ky. – The Transylvania women's golf team turned in a record showing in Round One of the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championships on Saturday afternoon at Keene Run Golf Course.
Sophomore Rachel Fine carded a career-best round on Saturday with a two-over par 75 to obtain first place on the individual leaderboard halfway through the championship.
Also recording a career-best round was Fine's twin sister, sophomore Rebecca Fine, who shot a four-over par 77 to finish tied for third place after one round.
The Fines had help from their Transylvania peers on Saturday to record a team record score of 310, the best round in Pioneers women's golf history. With a score of 310, the Pioneers stand in first place as a team, six strokes ahead of second-place Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, which shot a 316 on Saturday. Sitting in third after the first round is defending conference champion Hanover College, which is four strokes back of Rose-Hulman and 10 strokes back of Transy.
Reigning HCAC Women's Golf Player of the Year, Transylvania junior Meredith Moir stayed near the top, shooting a six-over 79 to draw into a tie for sixth place on the leaderboard. It was a magnificent day for Transylvania sophomores, as sophomore Lexie Lamar also fired a 79 to finish in sixth place after one round. Junior Jenna Soderling shot an 89 on Saturday to round out the group.
"Today was our best overall performance to date and it came at a good time with Rose-Hulman and Hanover also putting together great team scores," commented Transylvania women's golf head coach Tyrus York. "We have a lot of work to do tomorrow and look forward to hopefully another great day on the course."
Transylvania, the host school for the 2017 edition of the women's golf conference championship, looked comfortable at their home venue of Keene Run with four of five Transylvania women's golfers finishing in the top six and all five within the top-25 after the first day.
At stake for Transylvania and seven other teams from the HCAC is an automatic bid into the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Golf National Championships. The winning team will compete at next May's championships at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.
The second round of the HCAC championships is scheduled for tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. at Keene Run. The format will shift to a shotgun start for the 15 groups of 40 total players in an effort to beat forecasted inclement weather.
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