Nicholasville, Ky. – The Transylvania women's golf team triumphed at Sunday's final round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championships, winning the team and individual championships at Keene Run Golf Course.
Junior Meredith Moir rose up the leaderboard in the second round to win her second-consecutive individual conference title, doing so in a three-person playoff against her sophomore teammate Rachel Fine and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Caitlin Coverstone.
Four Pioneer golfers finished in the top-six of the individual leaderboard, elevating the Pioneers to the team championship. After shooting a team-record 310 in Saturday's round one, the Pioneers recorded a 314 for a two-round score of 624 to finish in first place.
Transylvania finished 18 strokes ahead of second place Rose-Hulman, and 31 strokes ahead of third-place and defending champion Hanover College.
Moir carded a three-over par 76 in Sunday's third round, the best second round of any player to pull into a first-place tie with Fine and Coverstone, who all recorded two-round scores of 155. After shooting a career-best 75 in the first round, Fine shot an 80 on Sunday to grab a share of first place after 36 holes.
Transylvania sophomore Rebecca Fine scored a two-round 157, as did sophomore teammate Lexie Lamar; both players finished with a share of 4th place. Moir, Lamar, and the Fine sisters were all named to the All-HCAC team for 2017.
Along with Coverstone, who was named the HCAC Freshman of the Year, Moir and Fine entered a one-hole sudden-death playoff on the 18th hole after finishing the second round tied for first.
Coverstone double-bogeyed her playoff hole, while Moir and Fine each bogeyed and played the 18th hole for the second time in a row. After each player experienced turbulence on the second playoff hole, Moir eventually won out over Fine to capture her second straight individual HCAC women's golf championship.
"Our team played unbelievable this weekend," said Moir after clinching her second conference individual title. "Our whole team's goal was to get to nationals and I can't thank them enough for all the hard work they've done this past season, and it's been amazing how much they've improved."
With the team championship secured, Transylvania clinched the conference's automatic bid to next May's NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.
As coach of the conference champion team, Transylvania women's golf head coach Tyrus York was named the HCAC Coach of the Year, his first.
York was eager to praise his team's efforts following Sunday competition. "It's hard to say how proud I am of these girls; they've worked really hard all summer long and they came in this fall ready to go," commented York. "We've seen all our players at point in time have good individual rounds and it was just a matter of time before they all started to do it together. We're fortunate that it kind of clicked when it needed to because it was a close tournament throughout right until the end."
The Pioneers will break for the end of the fall portion of their season before resuming play in March as they continue to hone their craft in advance of the NCAA Championships in May 2018.
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