Nicholasville, Ky. – A trio of Pioneer golfers vaulted the Transylvania women's golf team to a first-place team finish at the 2017 Transylvania Spring Invitational Saturday afternoon at Keene Run Golf Course.
On a thick and muggy day in the Bluegrass, sophomore Meredith Moir shot a score of 80 to capture the individual title at the inaugural event held at the Pioneers' home course, capping off a successful 2016-17 campaign.
Freshman Lexie Lamar fired off an 82 to finish second overall in the event, her highest placing on a leaderboard in her career. Sophomore Jenna Soderling joined Lamar and Moir in the top-three as she finished one stroke back of Lamar to guide the Pioneers to the team victory, beating out seven other participating teams and a field of 34 golfers.
As for the team's sweep of the top-three spots, Moir was proud of the Pioneers' collective efforts, both on Saturday and the year as a whole. "It was a great day for our team, and it shows our program is really moving in the right direction," commented Moir. "I think this whole season, we've pushed each other and challenged one another."
The victory for Moir capped off a strong first season for the golfer individually, after the sophomore transfer captured the individual HCAC women's golf title last October. "I had a great year here, and my teammates accepted me right off the bat, let me fit in, and let me lead this team on and off the course," said Moir.
Transylvania's team victory also wrapped up the first full season for women's golf head coach Tyrus York, who guided the team to a fourth-place finish at the 2016 HCAC Championships and provided constructive instruction that propelled the Pioneers to a steady rise throughout the spring months. York was also recently named the 2017 Kentucky Section PGA Teacher of the Year.
"Coach Tyrus expects a lot from us and pushed us, and has also helped us get into some of the best tournaments there are at this level, and access to being able to practice at Keene Run has put us on track for a great season this year and beyond," added Moir.
The Transylvania Spring Invitational marked the last team competition for the Pioneers in the 2016-17 season. The Pioneers will aim to build upon a fourth-place team finish in the HCAC beginning in early September of 2017.
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