Bluffton, Ohio – The Transylvania women's golf team completed the fall series of the 2019-20 season with a runner-up finish in the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championships on Sunday afternoon at the Bluffton Golf Club.
Competing in the second of two rounds of the conference championship on Sunday, the Pioneers recorded a team score of 354 for a two-round total of 699 to finish in second place among the nine competing conference teams. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology captured the team title with a two-round score of 660 to win the team championship. Manchester University rounded out the top three, finishing seven strokes back of Transylvania for third place.
Lexie Lamar led the Pioneers atop the 42-player leaderboard with a seventh-place finish to earn All-HCAC honors. Lamar shot a 90 on Sunday to finish with a two-round score of 172, capturing a three-way share of seventh place. The senior's Sunday performance marked the second time in her career Lamar has earned All-HCAC honors.
Rachel Fine joined her fellow senior Lamar as an All-HCAC honoree for 2019, carding a two-round score of 173 to finish one stroke back of Lamar for 10th place on the player leaderboard for her third straight career selection to the All-HCAC Team for Women's Golf. Fine's twin sister, Rebecca, trailed Rachel by two strokes over two rounds to finish in a tie for 12th place, finishing third among the Pioneers for the weekend. Rebecca's round entailed back-to-back birdies on the ninth and 10th holes as she recorded a Sunday 88, the second-lowest second-round score by a Pioneer.
Grace Chilton had a standout day among her Pioneer peers with a team-best 86 to finish with a two-round score of 179 for a 17th-place tie. The freshman completed her first conference championship appearance with six pars and a birdie over her final round. Chilton was recognized for her performance in being named the HCAC Freshman of the Year.
Kelli Harpe finished in 35th place with a two-day 199.
Transylvania's finish at the 2019 HCAC Championships ended a two-year reign atop the HCAC, the first time the Pioneers have won consecutive conference championships. The last three years in conference competition for the Pioneers now include two first-place finishes and one second-place finish, certifying the best three-year run in program history.
The Pioneers will continue their 2019-20 season next spring beginning with The Savannah Invitational in Savannah, Georgia on March 9-10.
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