Pioneers finish Transylvania Fall Invitational strong with first-place finish in third round

Pioneers finish Transylvania Fall Invitational strong with first-place finish in third round

Lexington, Ky. – The No. 21 nationally-ranked Transylvania men's golf team made a concerted charge up the leaderboard on the third round and final day of the Transylvania Fall Invitational at the University Club Sunday.

Beginning the day in a tie for seventh place, the Pioneers shot a round-low score of 283 on Sunday to finish in fourth place with a three-round total of 895. The Greensboro College Pride captured the team title with a three-round team score of 868.

Transylvania sophomore Blake Young carded the lowest score of the day, shooting a 4-under par 68 to top the 90-golfer individual leaderboard. Young finished in the top-5 of the individual leaderboard for the tournament with a three-round score of 219, just six strokes back of the individual champion Grant Powell of Greensboro.

The Transylvania Fall Invitational opened up the nontraditional fall schedule for the Pioneers as head coach Brian Lane's program welcomed 15 other teams to Lexington for 54 jampacked holes.

Senior Rob Canady notched the second-best score of the day after Young, carding a 70, good for minus-2 on the day. Senior Evan Probst improved upon his day one total by four strokes, shooting a 72 for an even score on the day.

"I was very impressed with how we were able to shave almost 30 shots off of our opening round score," observed Lane. "We saw today what this team is capable of doing and we can certainly build on it."

The Pioneers furnished their entire 13-man roster as eight golfers competed individually; freshman Spencer McKinney led the way amongst the individual pool with a 74 in the third round.

The opening event of the year was a productive weekend for the Pioneers, who are coming off of a 12th place finish at the NCAA National Tournament in May, but lost three seniors who made the trip to the ultimate event in Division III Men's Golf in Rochester, New York.

"We had a great field to kick off the 2016 college golf season," added Lane.

The sophomore Young presented a promising look at the future end of Transylvania's next squad, who is aiming for its 11th straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title and potential subsequent 11th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.

"I think we really rode the momentum of Rob Canady and Blake Young's under-par rounds today," said Lane. "As word moved around the course on how well several guys were doing, you could just see our confidence build."

The Pioneers will continue to try and hone their craft as the head to Tunica National Golf Course next Sunday for a two-round duel. 

 

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