Transylvania women’s golf maintains 14th-place standing midway through 2019 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf National Championships in Houston

credit: Christopher Lindeke, U. of Wisconsin-Whitewater
credit: Christopher Lindeke, U. of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Houston, Texas – The Transylvania women's golf team maintained its hold upon 14th place on the team leaderboard in Wednesday's second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Golf National Championships at Bay Oaks Country Club.

The Pioneers improved upon their round-one score by five strokes on Wednesday, shooting a 38-over-par 326 to record a two-round score of 657. The Pioneers stand in 14th place, two strokes ahead of Illinois Wesleyan University and five strokes behind 13th-place the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Junior Rachel Fine turned in the best round-two score among the Pioneers, carding an eight-over-par 80. Fine is in a tie for 62nd place on the 131-player leaderboard. Fine's day consisted of two birdies, one on the par-three third hole and another on the par-five 16th hole.

Transy's two seniors closely trailed Fine's performance as Meredith Moir shot a nine-over-par 81 to turn in a two-day score of 159, good for 45th place on the player leaderboard. Moir birdied the fifth hole to highlight her Wednesday procession.

Jenna Soderling matched Fine with a birdie on 16 to duplicate Moir's Wednesday 81. Soderling made par on nine of her first 11 holes to record her best single-round national championship score.

Junior Lexie Lamar rode a hot start, birdying two of her first four holes, to finish with a 12-over-par 84 on Wednesday to reach a tie for 78th place. Junior Rebecca Fine carded a 95 on Wednesday to round out the Pioneer pack.

Transylvania will enter Thursday's third round looking to stay above the 54-hole cutline which will reduce the team field from 25 teams to the top-15. The Pioneers made the cut for the first time in program history at last year's National Championships at the Mission Inn Resort near Orlando, Florida on the way to a 15th-place finish.

New York University leads the field with a two-round score of 613. Grinnell College's Nina Kouchi tops the individual leaderboard with a two-round 149 after the first two rounds of play.

The Pioneers will tee off Wednesday at 8:40 a.m. Houston time, 9:40 a.m. Lexington time from Bay Oaks.  

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