Liberty, Ind. – The Transylvania women's golf team prepares to defend its conference title this weekend as the Pioneers face off against nine other teams for the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's golf championships in Liberty, Indiana.
Transylvania ventures into the two-round, 36-hole tournament at Liberty Country Club hosted by conference member Earlham College beginning Saturday, October 13 and concluding the following day with high stakes on the line.
Along with the host Earlham Quakers, the Transylvania women's golf team will be joined at Liberty by Rose-Hulman, Defiance, Anderson, Hanover, Manchester, Bluffton, Mount St. Joseph, and Franklin.
The Pioneers enter the 2018 HCAC championships as the conference's defending champions, winning last year's championships at their home course of Keene Run Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Transylvania is bidding for its third conference championship in program history and what would be its first back-to-back conference championships in program history.
The winner of the HCAC women's golf conference championships will also be awarded the conference's automatic qualifying bid into the 2019 NCAA women's golf national championships at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas, rendering this weekend's competition a critical tournament.
Transylvania clinched last year's automatic qualifying bid by virtue of winning the 2017 HCAC championship and made the most of their opportunity, finishing 15th at the 2018 national championships, its best finish in program history.
The Pioneers field all five players who competed in both the 2018 NCAA championships as well as the 2017 HCAC championships, including the two-time reigning individual champion of the HCAC championships, senior Meredith Moir. The senior from Louisville, Kentucky (Sacred Heart Academy) finished in a three-way tie after 36 holes at last year's HCAC championships with teammate, junior Rachel Fine, and Rose-Hulman's Caitlin Coverstone before winning in a two-hole, sudden-death playoff to clinch the individual title.
Moir and Fine each enter this year's championships with solid fall seasons. Fine took second place out of 69 players at the Lynn Schweizer Invitational this past September while Moir finished in first at Transylvania's most recent event, the Earlham Fall Invitational, also held at Liberty C.C.
The Pioneers figure to weather a challenge from Rose-Hulman, which finished the Earlham Fall Invitational in a first-place tie with Transylvania on the team leaderboard on September 30. Another key challenger this weekend is the Hanover Panthers, who are coming off of a third-place finish at the Earlham Fall Invitational as Panther golfer Maddie Cody finished in second place at the event.
Joining Moir and Fine at Liberty for the Pioneers are senior Jenna Soderling and juniors Lexie Lamar and Rebecca Fine. All three bring championship experience to the Transylvania lineup, having competed in last fall's HCAC championships and this past spring's NCAA championships at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.
Both rounds of the championship tournament are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
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