Liberty, Ind. – Junior Rachel Fine captured her first individual conference title and the Transylvania women's golf team repeated as conference champions for the first time in program history on Sunday afternoon in the second round of the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's golf championships at Liberty Country Club.
Carrying a 12-stroke lead into Sunday's second and final round over second-place Rose-Hulman, the Pioneers shot a second-round 327 team score to complete their championship coronation. Rose-Hulman shot one stroke better than the Pioneers in Sunday's second round, scoring a 326, but the distance Transylvania created in Saturday's first round by shooting a 313 served as a plentiful buffer.
Sunday's team victory also saw a come-from-behind performance by Fine, who finished last year's conference championships in a three-way tie with Rose-Hulman's Caitlin Coverstone and teammate, senior Meredith Moir before Moir won in a sudden-death playoff.
Entering Sunday one stroke back of Moir, Fine carded a second-round 80, the second-lowest Sunday score of any participant to notch her first individual title with a two-round score of 154 as the junior finished off a consistent season from start to end.
Moir had another stellar showing at her final HCAC championships, firing a two-round 156 to finish second among individuals and help push the Pioneers to their second consecutive HCAC title and third in program history. The senior finished her three-year run at the HCAC championships with two first-place finishes and a second-place finish on her career scorecards.
The Pioneers received a true team effort in capturing the second HCAC championship under head coach Tyrus York, now in his third full season at the helm.
Junior Rebecca Fine took sixth place with a two-round 163 while senior Jenna Soderling improved upon her Saturday score by three strokes to finish in ninth place with a 167. Junior Lexie Lamar, who was named to the HCAC All-Sportsmanship team, took a share of 12th place with a 173.
Rachel Fine, Moir, Rebecca Fine, and Soderling were all named to the All-HCAC team for 2018. York earned his second consecutive HCAC Coach of the Year award in guiding the Pioneers to the conference title.
By virtue of winning the HCAC conference championship, the Pioneers clinched the conference's automatic qualifying bid to next spring's NCAA national championships to be held in Houston, Texas at Bay Oaks Country Club. Last season, the Pioneers recorded their highest finish ever at a national championship by placing 15th at the 2018 national championships held in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida at the Mission Inn Resort.
Like last year, the Pioneers will now have seven months to prepare for their championship event.
The HCAC championships completes the fall portion of Transylvania's schedule. The Pioneers will resume play in March 2019 as they compete in the Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational at Pine Mountain, Georgia.
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