Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania men's golf team commenced the postseason pursuit of its 13th consecutive conference championship on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championships at the University Club of Kentucky.
The Pioneers delivered a seven-over-par 295 team score to finish the first round in first place on the team leaderboard, seven strokes ahead of second-place Earlham College.
Transylvania's Saturday performance teed off the first of four rounds of the two-week tournament whose first two rounds take place at the University Club and continue on next Saturday and Sunday at the Anderson Country Club in Anderson, Indiana.
Zach Treilobs delivered a fiery performance on Saturday to lead the Pioneers, carding a one-under-par 71 to check in at second place on the player leaderboard. Treilobs' day was highlighted by a stretch of four birdies on the first seven holes to finish two-under par on the front nine.
Jack Berger excelled on his front nine, making two birdies and sinking one of two Pioneer eagles on the day on the fifth hole to finish at an even-par 72 on Saturday to sit in third place on the player leaderboard. The other eagle came from Harrison Lane, who matched Berger's fifth-hole eagle in round one. Lane finished the first round with an 80.
Blake Young had a steady performance on Saturday to help boost the Pioneers into the first-place position, turning in a one-over-par 72 as he finished the back-nine with a consistent display: Young made birdie on 13 and par on six of his final seven holes to finish in a share of fourth place after the first 18 holes.
Spencer McKinney, the reigning HCAC individual champion, overcame three early bogeys on his first four holes to finish with a seven-over-par 79 in a share of 18th place. McKinney parred seven holes on the back nine to enter the clubhouse with a heavy dose of continuity.
In all, the Pioneers totaled 15 birdies in the first round to go with two eagles.
Hanover College finished the day in third place with a 306 to finish four strokes back of Earlham and 11 strokes behind the Pioneers to round out the top three. Earlham's Garrett Schuler currently leads the individual leaderboard after shooting a three-under-par 69.
The team winner of the four-round tournament which concludes next Sunday, May 5, will earn the HCAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Pioneers are seeking not only their 13th straight appearance in the NCAA Division III Men's Golf National Championships but also the chance to play at home on a national championship stage. Transylvania will be hosting the national championships for the first time in program history next month at Keene Trace Golf Club in nearby Nicholasville.
The second round of the HCAC Tournament begins tomorrow at the University Club. First tee times are scheduled for 9:00 p.m. and will continue through 11:30 a.m.
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