Moir wins individual portion of Transylvania Invitational, Soderling takes second

Moir wins individual portion of Transylvania Invitational, Soderling takes second

Nicholasville, Ky. – Sophomore Meredith Moir's first-place finish on the individual leaderboard punctuated a strong team performance for the Transylvania women's golf team to conclude the 2016 Transylvania Invitational on Sunday afternoon.

Continuing upon a solid Round One start on Saturday afternoon, the Pioneers entered the second and final round at Keene Run Golf Course in outer Lexington trailing Hanover by 11 strokes, and second place University of Pikeville by nine strokes.

Moir followed up her first round four-over par 76 with a second-round 79 to clinch a first-place finish over the field of 45 golfers. Fellow Transylvania sophomore Jenna Soderling, who entered the day in second place topped her first round 79 with a six-over 78 to seal a second-place finish.

The victory was the first of Moir's collegiate career.  

Hanover was able to maintain its lead into the final round, shooting a team score of 336 to finish seven strokes ahead of Transy and four strokes ahead of Pikeville to claim the team victory.

The Pioneers posted the best second round of any team on Sunday, shooting a 332 to improve by nine strokes over their first-round 341.

Transylvania women's golf head coach had high praise all around for his players. "I am very happy for Meredith in picking up her first collegiate win," said York. "I think it could be the first of many if she continues to put forth the effort she has this semester."

Junior Lindsay Bloom improved upon her first round score by seven strokes to shoot an 86 and finish in the top-20. Freshman Lexie Lamar shot a second-round 89 to finish fourth among the Pioneers whose scores were factored into team scoring. Junior Keeley Goff finished off the scoring for the Pios as she improved upon her first round score by eight strokes.

"Lexie and Lindsay both overcame a rough first round and showed some toughness in round two to improve their scores," said York. "Jenna played extremely well to secure one of her best finishes and has also worked extremely hard to position herself as a top player in our conference.

Senior Jill Graeter, competing as an individual, shot a two-round 187 to finish within the top-30 to complete a consistent weekend.

Moir and Soderling were named to the Transylvania Invitational All-Tournament Team for their first and second place finish at the event.

The Pioneers now look ahead to their final event of the fall season, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, hosted by Rose-Hulman in two weekends.

York and the Pioneers are looking forward to the challenge: "We know what we have to do to be in a position to win conference in two weeks, and I'm excited for the girls to get a small break, and get back to work for our conference finale," said York.  

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