Soderling’s brilliant second round leads to second place finish at Franklin

Soderling’s brilliant second round leads to second place finish at Franklin

by Connor Link 

Franklin, IN – The Transylvania women's golf team capped off their 2015-2016 season with a strong showing at the Franklin Grizzly Spring Invitational on Sunday afternoon at the Hillview Country Club.

After starting Day Two of the Invitational tied for third place on the overall leaderboard, Transylvania freshman golfer Jenna Soderling finished her final 18 holes impressive with a 84-79=163 final score, good for a runner-up finish at the event. Her individual performance was just one stroke shy of champion Haley Vonder Haar of Rose-Hulman.

"First, we want to congratulate Jenna Soderling for getting runner-up at the Franklin Invitational," said Transy head coach Tyrus York. "Jenna showed a lot of determination for closing out her second round."

Soderling's top-two finish follows a strong performance earlier this month in which she led the Pioneers with a 89-86=175 showing at the UPike Spring Invitational.

Transy made its way through the spring season with two competitions in April and the Jekyll Island Women's Collegiate Invitational last March.

"I'm proud of this team for hanging in there during this spring season, despite having a thin roster," York said.

Sophomore Lindsay Bloom cashed in a prolific performance of her own in the Pios' final event of the season. The Lewisport, Ky. Native finished tied for ninth place overall, thanks to 85-91=176 shooting.

"We want to congratulate Lindsay, with a career-low score during her first round, as well as finishing out strong on the second round," York said.

Transylvania's mark of 406-399=805 earned them fifth place as a team in the Franklin, Ind. event. The Pioneers' Keeley Goff and Anna Bond contributed with 26th and 28th place individual finishes, respectively.

The women's golf team, whose 3.47 collective GPA was the best among all Transylvania University sports teams in the fall 2015 semester, looks to build off the progress of the 2015-16 golf campaign as they head into the next.

"We are excited about the future, with all of these players returning next year, as well as having some talented freshmen coming," said York.

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