Jenna Soderling earns Freshman of the Year, women's golf finishes fifth at HCAC Championship

Jenna Soderling earns Freshman of the Year, women's golf finishes fifth at HCAC Championship

NORTH BEND, Ohio—Freshman Jenna Soderling led the way for Transylvania University's women's golf team at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship, firing off an 88 for the second straight day.  Transylvania finished with a two-round total of 775 for a fifth place finish.

After an 88 on Saturday, Soderling powered through the round on Sunday, climbing three spots on the leaderboard to claim a sixth place finish in the two-day event to earn both All-HCAC and Freshman of the Year honors.

Soderling was the high point of the day for the Pioneers, but almost every player improved on their first round scores to help the Transy shave 11 strokes from their team total, posting a 382 on Sunday and claiming the fifth place spot in the tournament.

Lindsay Bloom was the next best scorer for Transylvania, dropping six strokes on Sunday and posting a 95 on the day for a combined score of 196 and finishing in 24th. Keeley Goff made a big leap for the Pioneers, improving by 16 strokes by way of a 94 on the day and leapfrogging four golfers en route to a 27th place finish. Senior Kim Kasama shot a 105 on the day and Jill Graeter went for a 109 as they finished 28th and 30th respectively.

Soderling was the lowest scoring freshman in the tournament, giving her the Freshman of the Year award and her top-8 finish qualified her for All-HCAC recognition.

The event concluded Transylvania's fall season. They will return to action in March at the prestigious Jekyll Island Women's Collegiate Invitational.