Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. – The Transylvania women's golf team continued to keep pace with the rest of its peers in Round Three of the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships at the Mission Inn Resort on Thursday, finishing the day in 14th place and qualifying for the final round of play.
Instituting a cut line for the first time in the history of the event, the NCAA tournament committee eliminated the bottom 10 teams from the 25-team tournament after 54 holes of play. The Pioneers shot a round-three team score of 339 to add to their three-day total of 999 strokes, good for 14th place, one stroke ahead of 15th-place Wisconsin-Whitewater and safely above the cut line.
Competing in their second-ever NCAA National Championship tournament, the top-15 standing for the Pioneers ensures their best finish at an NCAA Tournament, a notable accomplishment for all five players making their first appearance in the championships, as well for third-year head coach Tyrus York.
The lowest rounds on Wednesday came from sophomore Rachel Fine and junior Jenna Soderling, who each finished with identical 11-over par 84's. Each player finished the round with eight pars, with Soderling collecting six of her pars on the back nine.
Junior Meredith Moir carded an 85, finishing the round in stride with birdies on two of her final three holes. Moir had the best showing on the back nine, finishing three-over on holes 10 through 18.
Sophomores Lexie Lamar and Rebecca Fine rounded out the scoring with an 86 and an 87 respectively. Moir continues to lead the Pioneers on the individual leaderboard, sharing a tie of 29th place at 24-over par.
The Pioneers will enter the fourth and final round on Friday in a tightly-bunched leaderboard, one stroke ahead of 15th-place Wisconsin-Whitewater, one stroke behind 13th-place Illinois Wesleyan, and 14 strokes behind 10th-place Washington University in St. Louis.
Transylvania will tee off the fourth and final round tomorrow at approximately 8:30 a.m. at the 10th hole of the El Campeon course.
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