Carmel, Ind. – The reigning back-to-back conference champion Transylvania women's golf team has been projected to three-peat as champions according to Monday's release of the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference preseason' coaches poll.
Voted on by the conference's nine coaches, the Pioneers received six of nine first-place votes to stand atop the poll with 87 voting points. Trailing Transylvania was Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, which checked in at second on the poll with 83 points and received the other three first-place votes. Hanover College rounded out the top three of the poll with 70 voting points.
The Pioneers will enter the 2019 season having won each of the last two HCAC conference tournament championships which were contested in October 2018 and October 2017. Along with their team success, Transylvania also boasts the past three individual medalists for the HCAC Tournament; Meredith Moir captured the individual championship in 2016 and 2017 while returning senior Rachel Fine begins the 2019-20 season as the reigning HCAC champion.
Joining Fine in the mix for the Pioneers is her twin sister, Rebecca, along with fellow senior Lexie Lamar, all of whom have competed in the past two HCAC Tournaments and NCAA National Championships.
Transylvania is led by two-time HCAC Coach of the Year Tyrus York, who is in his fourth season at the helm of the Pioneer women's golf program.
The Pioneers begin their 2019-20 season on Saturday, August 31 at the Lynn Schweizer Invitational in Granville, Ohio for a two-round competition.
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