Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. – Appearing in its first NCAA National Championships in a decade, the Transylvania women's golf team signaled their return with a strong open at the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Golf National Championships on Round One Tuesday, completing the round in a tie for eighth place on the team leaderboard.
Competing at the vaunted El Campeon course at the Mission Inn Resort, the Pioneers were one of the last teams to tee off on Tuesday's Round One, but made the most of their wait. Transylvania shot a 326 team score, good for a share of eighth place with No. 1-ranked George Fox University.
Junior Meredith Moir led the way for the Pioneers in Round One, carding a four-over par 77 and finishing the back nine even. Moir birdied back-to-back holes over her final four holes to finish her debut at the national championships with three birdies. Moir sits in a tie for sixth place on the individual leaderboard after the first round.
Sophomore Rachel Fine was another Pioneer with a consistent national championship debut, shooting a seven-over 80, finishing just two-over par on the back nine. Fine parred eight of her final nine holes on the afternoon.
Sophomore Lexie Lamar matched Fine with an 80, holing two birdies on the day. Both Lamar and Fine are in a tie for 24th place among individuals.
Transylvania women's golf head coach Tyrus York took in the round one results of his first NCAA National Championship Tournament with satisfaction and continued expectation. "It was a solid first day for us in what was everyone's first time playing in a national championship," reflected York. "Meredith, Rachel, and Lexie did a great job anchoring our team with very strong play today. I really like what I'm seeing from Rebecca and Jenna and I think it is only a matter of time before they post some good rounds."
Of the 25 teams competing in the national championships, the Pioneers are the highest non-top 25 team on the team leaderboard after day one. The Pioneers are one of nine non top-25 teams participating in the NCAA Tournament this year.
Transylvania is scheduled to tee off in Round Two on Wednesday in the 9:00 a.m. hour.
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