Transylvania women's golf stands in 14th place after first round of 2019 NCAA National Championships in Houston

Soderling swinging

Houston, Texas – The Transylvania women's golf team teed off for Round One of the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Golf National Championships on Tuesday afternoon at Bay Oaks Country Club and stand in 14th place after the first 18 holes of play.

Senior Meredith Moir carded a six-over-par 78 to lead the Pioneers into their current 14th-place standing out of 25 competing teams. Moir holds a share of 29th place on the individual leaderboard after the first round. The senior overcame three bogeys and a triple bogey on the front nine to make par on eight of her final nine holes. Moir also sank one of two birdies on the day for the Pioneers. Moir currently sits seven strokes back of the individual leader, Centre College's Bailey Plourde.

Junior Rachel Fine, the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference medalist and Most Valuable Player, finished with an 11-over-par 83 and is tied for 70th on the individual leaderboard after the first round. Fine had the other birdie for the Pioneers in her second national championship appearance.

Junior Lexie Lamar finished one stroke back of Fine with an 84. Lamar is in 73rd place after holing 11 pars on Tuesday.

Rebecca Fine shot an 86 and is in a tie for 83rd place while senior Jenna Soderling rounded out the Pioneer five with a 91 in the first round.

After scoring a 331 team score in Round One, Transylvania sits three strokes back of Wisconsin-Whitewater for 13th place and 12 strokes back of Washington University in St. Louis and Rhodes College which are each tied for 10th place. University of Redlands leads the team leaderboard after carding an 18-over-par 306 in the first round.

The four-round championship runs through Friday; a cutline will be established after 54 holes of play following the conclusion of Thursday's third round. The cutline will include the top 15 teams in the field of 25. Last year, the Pioneers made the cutline for the first time in tournament history on the way to placing 15th on the team leaderboard, their program's best finish at the national championships.

Round Two will commence tomorrow from Bay Oaks on Tuesday morning. Transylvania will tee off in the 9:40 a.m. Eastern time hour with Rebecca Fine being the first Pioneer scheduled to swing.

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