Liberty, Ind. – Senior Meredith Moir finished off a tremendous individual performance while the Transylvania women's golf team finished off a frenzied final round Sunday afternoon of the Earlham Fall Invitational in a first-place tie with the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fightin' Engineers at the Liberty Country Club.
Carrying a five-stroke lead into the second round of play Sunday, Moir matched her first-round 76 score in the second round to finish with a two-day score of 76, finishing 12-over-par for the weekend. Moir finished ahead of Hanover College's Maddison Cody by six strokes after Cody also shot a 76 in Sunday's second round.
Besides Moir's outstanding and consistent play, the story of the weekend was a ferocious second-day rally by Rose-Hulman. After shooting a 329 in Saturday's first round and entering Sunday trailing Transylvania by eight strokes, the Engineers responded by shooting a 311 in the second round while the Pioneers fired a 319 on Sunday. The Pioneers improved upon its first-round score by two strokes, but Rose-Hulman's tournament-low single round team score on Sunday saw both teams record a two-round total of 640.
Besides Cody of Hanover, all top-10 golfers featured players from either Transylvania or Rose-Hulman. To break the first-place tie, the winner was decided by the lowest score from the team's fifth-place golfer. With all five Rose-Hulman golfers finishing in the top-nine, the Engineers were declared the tiebreak winner.
Junior Rachel Fine finished up a strong weekend with a third-place finish after shooting an 81 on Saturday and a 78 in Sunday's second round for a two-round 159. Junior Rebecca Fine took seventh place with a two-round 162 while junior Lexie Lamar was the other Pioneer in the top-10 with a 167. Senior Jenna Soderling fired a two-round 174 to finish in 17th place.
The Pioneers will return to Liberty C.C. for their next tournament, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14. The Pioneers will square off with eight other HCAC teams in a two-round battle for the automatic berth to next spring's NCAA championships. Transylvania enters the 2018 HCAC Championships as the defending champion.
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