The Seniors: Transylvania Women's Golf Class of 2020

Thank you Seniors

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the cancellation of college sports nationwide and impacting Transylvania varsity sports teams' seasons, we celebrate and look back upon the full careers of our Transylvania Pioneer seniors who competed in sports during the spring of 2020.


The back half of the last decade has witnessed a collection of Transylvania Pioneer teams produce their richest eras, making annual trips to the NCAA Tournament, re-writing record books, furnishing All-American student-athletes, and crossing into other new national frontiers.  

Such has been the case with the Transylvania women's golf team, which has soared to unsurpassed levels since the arrival of both head coach Tyrus York in the spring of 2016 and the 2020 senior class, who set foot on the Transylvania campus just a few months later.

The Class of 2020 includes Emily Neat, the two-sport athlete for the Pioneers women's golf team. When Neat wasn't spending her time adding to the culture of the Pioneers, she was an active member of the Transylvania cheer and dance squad.

Lexie Lamar, a humble but devastating golfer, was a part of the Pioneers' championship makeup as soon as she set foot upon the links, peaking in her senior season while becoming a critical component of two national championship appearances.

The iconic twins, Rachel and Rebecca Fine, who transferred into Transylvania at the start of their sophomore seasons, will go into the books as two of the most accomplished student-athletes, both academically and on the course. Rachel achieved the prestigious and elusive CoSIDA Academic All-American honors as a junior while capturing the HCAC Individual crown during the 2018 conference championships. Rebecca and Rachel each finished their careers at Transylvania with 4.0 GPA's, setting the bar for all other Pioneers in the classroom.

The Class of 2020 has been a transformative group for the Transylvania women's golf program, etching more history than any other generation. With these four serving as the foundational class, the Pioneers clinched their first consecutive NCAA National Championship appearances in program history, winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships in the falls of 2017 and 2018.

Each season, these four student-athletes raised their game to another level, producing two HCAC Championships during their time at Transy, marching to the top of the conference on an annual basis, and teaming up to record the program's highest finish at an NCAA National Championship, finishing in 15th place in back-to-back seasons.

As the Transylvania women's golf program continues to take flight and add to its championship tradition in the ensuing decade, future players can point to the greatness established by the Class of 2020 as a reference point for how to win, how to dominate, and how to duplicate winning results year in and year out.

Lamar follow through  

Lexie Lamar, Senior, Lewisport, Kentucky (Hancock County HS)

Career Rounds: 77

Career stroke average: 85.23

Best season stroke average: 80.54 (2019-20)

Lowest round score: 72 (2018-19)

National Championship appearances: 2

Best finish at a national championship: 70th, 2019 (336 over four rounds)

2-time All-HCAC Team selection (2017, 2018)

3-time HCAC Player of the Week

2019 HCAC All-Sportsmanship Team

Lamar putting  

Greatest Round: September 22, 2019 – 1st Round, HCAC Preview

Lamar shot a three-over-par 72 at the HCAC Preview held at Bluffton Golf Club, propelling the senior to her first medalist finish at a tournament the following day, topping the 79-player leaderboard with a two-round 157.

Lamar shot a four-under-par on the first nine holes of her opening round to set the stage for her eventual first-place finish.

 

"Lexie's humor was to die for. She always had something funny to say to lighten the mood. I'm going to miss her jokes."

-Lauren Miles

"Lexie, thank you for taking me under your wing and showing me the ropes, both on the golf course and off of it. You have such a bright future ahead and I'm grateful to have you as a friend!"

-Hunter Copley

"Lexie's hard work on her golf game has shown in her continual improvement each of her four years. Being a contributor on our top 5 since day one, she never settled and continued to better herself. She leaves our program as one of the best players in our conference and one of the best our program has seen. She has been a quiet leader for our team and I know that she will be missed."

-Coach Tyrus York

 

Neat NCAA preview

Emily Neat, Senior, Louisville, Kentucky (Christian Academy of Louisville)

Career Rounds: 16

Career stroke average: 102.81

Best season stroke average: 96.7 (2018-19)

Lowest round score: 88 (2018-19)

Greatest Round: September 8, 2018 – 1st Round, Rhodes Classic

Neat carded an 88 at the Rhodes Classic, one of the most annually challenging courses the Pioneers compete in during the fall portion of their season. Neat joined her teammates in excelling in the opening round of play at the Links at Galloway course in her final appearance of the fall season.

Neat teeing off

"Emily is a sweet and bubbly person with such an amazing personality. She goes out of her way to make everyone feel included."

-Christine McGaughey

"Emily, your constant positivity, even though sometimes I would rather be upset, was integral in the golf course. You always gave me a reason to smile and keep going!"

-Kelli Harpe

"From the beginning of my freshman year, Emily made me feel welcome as a part of the golf team and as a new Transy student."

-Grace Chilton

"Emily came into our program with the exact mindset we want. She committed herself to improving and that's exactly what she did. I was so proud to see Emily continue to work and be rewarded with some personal bests in competition. We're looking forward to possibly seeing her again next semester, and I know that she will have continued to work and get better. Her leadership by representing our program through SAAC was very valuable and it is my hope that her example to be willing to volunteer her time and effort will be duplicated for years to come."

-Coach Tyrus York

 

RAchel Fine observing

Rachel Fine, Senior, Lexington, Kentucky (Dunbar HS)

Career Rounds: 54

Career stroke average: 82.2

Best season stroke average: 81.47 (2018-19)

Lowest round score: 74 (2018-19)

National Championship appearances: 2

Best finish at a national championship: 34th place (2018)

Named CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2018 (1 of 2 golfers nationwide to be named to Second Team for at-large athletes)

2020 RAFY's George Stopp Award for highest individual grade-point-average among all Transylvania student-athletes

Individual Medalist, 2018 HCAC Women's Golf Championships

2018 HCAC Most Valuable Player

All-HCAC Team selection (2017, 2018, 2019)

2020 RAFY's George Stopp Award for highest individual grade-point-average among all Transylvania student-athletes

Rachel Fine looking on

Greatest Round: 1st round, 2018 HCAC Women's Golf Championships

After finishing in a tie for first place in the previous season's HCAC Championships, Fine sealed the deal outright in the 2018 HCAC Championships by shooting an opening-round 74 to set up a two-round score of 154, winning by two strokes and leading the Pioneers towards clinching a second consecutive HCAC title and NCAA Championship berth for the following spring.

"Rachel and Rebecca, thank you both so much for always being there to teach me chemistry and biology, I couldn't have made it through this year without you both being so encouraging and helpful on and off the course."

-Hunter Copley

"Both Rachel and Rebecca are such bright people to be around. They always lit up the room when they walked in. I'm going to miss their kindness."

-Lauren Miles

"Rachel and Rebecca are the sweetest and smartest people I know. Even though they are going to be gone next year, they went out of their way to meet with me and Grace and other recruits when we were visiting. I had so much fun tagging along and watching them play during Spring Break. That trip was hard for me with grandmother passing away but they made sure that I was okay. They were involved in everything no matter how busy they were."

-Christine McGaughey

 

 

Rebecca Fine

Rebecca Fine, Senior, Lexington, Kentucky (Dunbar HS)

Career Rounds: 54

Career stroke average: 87.3

Best season stroke average: 85.79 (2018-19)

Lowest round score: 74 (2018-19)

National Championship appearances: 2

Best finish at a national championship: T-76th (2018)

All-HCAC Team selection (2017, 2018)

2020 RAFY's George Stopp Award for highest individual grade-point-average among all Transylvania student-athletes

Greatest Round: 1st round, 2018 HCAC Women's Golf Championships

Fine carded her lowest score of her sophomore campaign, a 77 in the first of two rounds in the groundbreaking 2018 HCAC Championships for the Pioneers. Fine's opening round boosted the sophomore to a two-round score of 157 to help push the Pioneers into finishing as team champions in the HCAC and achieving their first NCAA Tournament berth in over a decade.

"To Rachel and Rebecca, I've been playing golf with you all since high school, and to think about playing golf without you guys seems almost impossible. I'll miss rooming with you all and watching you guys do all your homework. Golf won't be the same without you guys."

-Kelli Harpe

"Rachel and Rebecca were always there for me on the course and on campus and I could always ask them about golf or classes. I was blessed to be their teammate during my freshman year."

-Grace Chilton

"Rachel and Rebecca will get a lot of credit for being very smart, and of course, they are. But what I respect the most about them is their work ethic. Maintaining their golf games to a championship level and to achieve the highest academic standard is incredible. The example they set for others will never be forgotten and they have set an academic and athletic standard for our program that I hope will continue."

-Coach Tyrus York

Rebecca fine teeing off