Jekyll Island, GA – The Transylvania women's golf team resumed the second half of their season by journeying to the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational tournament in Southeast Georgia.
Representing the Pioneers at the three-day tournament were Jenna Soderling and Keeley Goff. The freshman Soderling placed 51st at the event as her Round 2 18-hole score of 80 led to a three-day 245 score. Goff posted a 286 over the three day tourney.
Assistant Coach Tiara Harris commented on the progress of the two Transylvania representatives, saying "Both are hitting the ball very well, they each have come up with birdies and are overall making great ball striking."
Soderling came up with two birdies during her Round 2-best 80, finishing eight over-par on the day. Soderling finished the tail end of her half rounds in strong fashion, grabbing her first birdie on the ninth hole and her second birdie of the second round on Hole 17. Goff achieved her birdie on the 17th hole in Round one to finish her first round in style.
The tournament was an important fine-tuner in Soderling and Goff's season, as it took them far from the friendly confines of Kentucky out to the Atlantic beaches for an encounter with rarely-encountered surfaces.
"Jenna and Keeley are getting some great experience performing on Bermuda grass, which is different from bluegrass," added Harris. "This is Jenna and Keeley's first tournament playing 54 holes, so the team was excited to take on this incoming challenge to test themselves."
Each player improved from their first day scores as they pocketed the Jekyll Island tournament as the first step in the rest of a challenging spring season. "All the nerves from the two were gone by the end of the weekend and they got down to playing some great golf," said Harris.
The Pioneers women's golf team next competes on April 9 in Prestonburg, Ky. at the University of Pikeville Invitational.