Granville, Ohio – Junior Rachel Fine began her 2018-19 season with palpable momentum on Sunday by finishing second out of 69 golfers and leading the Transylvania women's golf team to a second-place team finish at the season-opening Lynn Schweizer Invitational at the Denison Golf Club on Sunday afternoon.
Playing in a two-round event which began on Saturday before the final few holes were halted by rain, Fine and the Pioneers played over 18 holes on Sunday to finish the two-round event with a rousing performance. The junior turned in a consistent set of rounds, firing a pair of four-over par 75 scores in rounds one and two to finish two strokes back of individual champion Rachele Miller of Depauw.
Fine had plenty of help from her Pioneer teammates en route to recording a second-place finish as a team out of 11 participating schools. Senior Meredith Moir carded a two-round score of 158 to finish in a four-way tie for eighth place along with junior Rebecca Fine, who also turned in a 158.
Transylvania women's golf head coach Tyrus York was enthused with his team's showing out of the 2018-19 gate after posting the best season in program history last year. "Our team showed a lot this weekend of what they can become this season," analyzed York. "We are very proud of our finish but we can still look at our results and see plenty of room for improvement.
Consistency was the theme of the weekend for Transylvania as all five members who competed as a team finished in the top-21 of the field. Senior Jenna Soderling finished in a tie for 18th among individuals with a two-round score of 165, improving upon her round one score by 11 strokes. Junior Lexie Lamar improved upon her first-round showing by four strokes to finish with a two-round 166.
The weekend performance was a continuation of solid gameplay in 2018 from Rachel Fine, who captured the Lexington Women's City Championship during the collegiate offseason. "I'm very happy for Rachel because she showed some incredible poise down the stretch," said York. "Seeing her continue her great play from the summer is also very exciting."
The Pioneers will aim to continue their strong start as they head to Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9 for the Rhodes Classic at The Links at Galloway.
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