Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania men's golf team turned in its first 36 holes of the 2018 season on Saturday at the University Club in Lexington, welcoming 15 men's golf squads to the Transylvania Invitational for three rounds of golf over two days.
After leading the pack following round one, the Pioneers cooled off over their final 18 holes of play on Saturday and sit in fourth place on the team leaderboard behind first-place Ohio Wesleyan, second-place Wittenberg University, and third-place Centre.
Transylvania carded a 285 team score in the first round to move atop the scoreboard. The Pioneers followed with a 295 in round two while Ohio Wesleyan improved upon its round one 291 by 16 strokes in the second round to move to 10-under par for the tournament. The Pioneers are one stroke back of Centre for third and five strokes back of Wittenberg for second place at four-over par after two rounds.
Junior Harrison Lane was the top performer for the Pioneers at the University Club on Saturday, carding a three-under par 69 in round one and followed with a one-under 71 to sit in third place with one round remaining. Lane is one stroke back of tournament co-leaders Ryan Quinn of Renssealaer Polytechnic Institute and Will Efkeman of Ohio Wesleyan for first place on the individual leaderboard.
Freshman Sam McNamara made his presence known with a one-over 73 in his first-ever collegiate round and answered back with a three-under 69 in round two; the round two 69 was tied for the third-best individual second round on Saturday.
Senior Jack Berger sits at even par after two rounds following his round-one 71 and round-two 73, good for a share of 10th place on the individual leaderboard. Senior Zach Treilobs turned in a round-one 73 and round-two 74 to check in at three-over par for the tournament and a tie for 24th place, while senior Blake Young rounded out the top-five for Transylvania with a two-round score of 149.
It was a fast-paced push for all teams on the University Club course Saturday. After an 8:30 scheduled shotgun start was delayed several hours due to a lightning warning in the area, teams emerged on the links at approximately 11:00 a.m. to begin the 36-hole quest. All players were able to complete their rounds, the last ones checking into the clubhouse roughly 15 minutes after sundown.
The 17 participating teams, including Transylvania's B-Team, will arrive back to the University Club course tomorrow bright and early for the third and final round of the Invitational. The third round is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
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