Bluffton, Ohio – Lexie Lamar shot a 10-over-par 82 to boost the Transylvania women's golf team to a second-place team standing after the first round of play at the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championships on Saturday afternoon at the Bluffton Golf Club.
Lamar stands in fifth place on the 46-player leaderboard after the first of two rounds of play at the annual conference championships hosted by Bluffton University after carding the round-one 82. The senior's score lifted the Pioneers to a team score of 345, good for second place. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology stands atop the team leaderboard after shooting a team score of 317 in Saturday's opening round.
Rose-Hulman's Lauren Conley leads the field with a two-over-par 74 on Saturday. Franklin College and Manchester University each shot identical scores of 351 to finish round one six strokes back of Transy in a tie for third place.
Fielding the second-best score among the Pioneers on Saturday was reigning HCAC individual champion Rachel Fine, who carded an 83 to finish one stroke back of Lamar. The senior stands in a tie for sixth place on the individual leaderboard.
Rebecca Fine made birdie on her 10th hole to highlight an opening-round 87 for 13th place at the midway point of the tournament. Grace Chilton turned in a 93 in the freshman's conference championship debut while Kelli Harpe rounded out the group of five with a 106.
The Pioneers enter the tournament as the two-time reigning champion of the HCAC in women's golf. Final-round play of the championships begins tomorrow, October 13 at approximately 9 a.m. from Bluffton Golf Course. The team winner will be awarded the conference's automatic bid into the 2020 NCAA Division III Women's Golf National Championships.
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