Transylvania completes run at NCAA Men's Golf Championships after two rounds

Transylvania completes run at NCAA Men's Golf Championships after two rounds

Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. – The 2017 run for the Transylvania men's team came to a close Wednesday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships at the Mission Inn Resort.

Aiming to evade the cut line and finish in the top-18 at the halfway point of the four-day championship, the Pioneers shot a round two team score of 319. Coupled with their round one score of 304, the Pioneers turned in a 623, placing them in 22nd place and ending their bid for a second-straight four-round run at the NCAA Championships.

Playing on the El Campeon Golf Course at Mission Inn after a round-one showing that had the Pioneers in 12th place on the team leaderboard, the Pios were led on day two by senior Rob Canady, who shot a two-over par 74 on Wednesday. Canady had a blazing finish, converting three birdies on the last seven holes of his round.

Freshman Spencer McKinney turned in the best two-day individual score of the five-man Pioneer team. After shooting a two-over 74 in round one, McKinney fired an eight-over 80 Wednesday to finish with a team-best 154. McKinney completed his first walk through an NCAA Championship with a total of eight birdies in two rounds.

Canady and sophomore Blake Young each finished tied with an identical two-round score of 158. Young shot an 83 on El Campeon Wednesday.

Junior Clay Church finished two strokes back of Young and Canady, while junior Carson Wattenbarger completed his first trip to the NCAA Championships two strokes behind Church.

Tuesday and Wednesday's showing completes Transylvania's 11th-straight trip to the NCAA Championships, a mark shared currently by just three other teams at the Division III level.

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