Houston, Texas – The Transylvania women's golf team completed its program's third national championship appearance at the fourth round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Golf National Championships with a 15th-place finish on Friday afternoon at Bay Oaks Country Club.
The Pioneers carded a 47-over-par 335 team score in the final round at Bay Oaks to match last year's 15th-place finish, turning in a four-round score of 1313. Transylvania finished up its run at Bay Oaks in 15th place out of 25 teams.
Senior Meredith Moir completed a masterful three-year Pioneer career in her final collegiate round by shooting a six-over-par 78 for a four-day total of 320. The 78 matched Moir's first-round score on Tuesday to serve as her lowest single-round scores of the tournament. Moir finished in a tie for 53rd place on the 131-player leaderboard.
Junior Rachel Fine completed an unparalleled junior season by finishing in a tie for 60th place on the leaderboard. Fine sank two birdies to card an 84 in the final round for a four-day score of 325. Fine matched her 2018 national-championship performance by recording a 325 for the second consecutive season.
Junior Lexie Lamar topped off her time at Bay Oaks with a final-round 85 to finish in 70th place on the player leaderboard. Lamar turned in a four-round total of 336 to finish 11 strokes back of Fine. Lamar improved upon her 2018 national-championship total by 20 strokes.
Senior Jenna Soderling completed her collegiate career with a 95 in the final round on the way to furnishing a 345 score over 72 holes. Soderling completed her second straight national championship appearance with a 345, marking a 16-stroke improvement over her championship debut at Mission Inn last May.
Junior Rebecca Fine shot an 88 in her final round of the national championships to finish in 79th place with an overall score of 351; incidentally, both Fine twins matched their four-day scores from the 2018 national championships one year later.
Transylvania's showing at the 2019 NCAA National Championships serves as a checkpoint for the richest era in the history of Transylvania women's golf. By winning the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships last fall, the Pioneers qualified for the NCAA National Championships in back to back seasons for the first time in program history. In both 2018 and 2019, the Pioneers made the 54-hole cutline which was also a new first for the program. Finally, the Pioneers matched last year's 15th-place finish to equal their highest finish on the team leaderboard at the NCAA Championships.
All five players who represented the Pioneers at this year's national championships also competed at last year's national championships, vaulting all five players to the top of the Pioneer record books for most rounds played by a Pioneers at a national championship.
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