Lexington, Ky. – The No. 24 nationally-ranked Transylvania men's golf team opened up the nontraditional portion of its 2016-17 season by welcoming 15 other Division III squads to the picturesque University Club of Kentucky on Saturday for the Transylvania Fall Invitational.
On a grueling 36-hole, two-round shotgun start affair, the Pioneers finished seventh among a field of 15 with one round remaining on Sunday morning.
A squad that returned two golfers from its 2016 national tournament squad in Blake Young and Zach Treilobs, the Pioneers banded together to shoot 312 over two rounds, improving on their first round team score by 12 strokes.
Spencer McKinney was the leading Pioneer on the day, shooting a five-over 73 to finish tied for 11th place upon the leaderboard. Rob Canady shot 7-over for the first two rounds to remain in the running for a shot at the individual title, while Young matched Canady's effort with a 75 and 76 in the first two rounds to also place himself in position for a promising Sunday.
Clay Church improved upon his first round showing by six strokes to shoot a 2-over-par 74 in the afternoon round of the Invitational, while Treilobs matched Church's second round score to finish at 12-over par for the day.
Hosting the tournament just four miles away from campus in the lush and desirable fairways of the University Club, the Pioneers unfurled their entire 13-man roster, including freshmen Jeb Brumley, Harrison Lane, McKinney, Korey Philpot, and Ben Turner, all of which enjoyed a consistent first two rounds.
Greensboro College (N.C.) stands atop the team leaderboard after two rounds after shooting a 6-over-par 288 and are followed by Wittenberg and Gustavus Adolphus.
The final round of action at the par-72, 18-hole Big Blue course begins at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow to complete the three-round challenge.
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