Transylvania men's golf wins tournament for second straight weekend

Transylvania men's golf wins tournament for second straight weekend

Terre Haute, Ind. – Climbing up the leaderboard on Sunday for the second consecutive week, the Transylvania men's golf team won the Rose-Hulman Invitational Sunday evening at Hulman Links Golf Course.

Sitting in third place on the team leaderboard after Saturday's first round, the Pioneers shot a team score of 301 to finish in a first-place tie with Kalamazoo College after the second and final round. Both Transylvania and Kalamazoo finished with identical scores of 603 to capture a share of the title.

The tiebreaker went to Transylvania, by virtue of fielding the lowest score from its fifth player. Junior Clay Church and freshman Spencer McKinney each registered a two-day score of 157, tying for the fourth-lowest score on the team. Both of their scores were lower than the fifth player on Kalamazoo.

The Sunday finish capped off a comeback for the Pioneers who shot a 302 as a team in round one, and followed that up with a 301 on Sunday.

Sophomore Blake Young led the pack with a three-over par 147 to finish second overall against a field of 98 golfers. Young shot a two-over 74 on Sunday to lead his Pioneers squad in round two.

The Pioneers' team victory at Hulman Links marks the second team win of the spring season for Transylvania, both occurring in back-to-back weeks.

Junior Carson Wattenbarger had a strong weekend for the Pioneers, shooting a four-over 148 to finish second among Pioneers team participants and tied for third on the individual leaderboard.

Of the Pioneers' five-man entry, senior Rob Canady was the other producer, shooting a four-over 76 on Sunday, his best round of the weekend, to finish with a 154.

Freshman Ben Turner, competing as an individual, posted the third-best score of the Pioneers with a two-round 150, tying for seventh on the leaderboard. Sophomore Jack Berger competed as an individual and finished 14th on the leaderboard with a two-round 153.

The Pioneers had five players finish in the top-20, and three players in the top-7.

Transylvania next travels to Atlanta, Georgia next Monday for a two-day competition hosted by Emory University. That tournament will serve as the final scheduled meet for the Pioneers prior to the first weekend of HCAC Championship play. The Hulman Links Golf Course will serve as the site of the third and final rounds of the conference championships on May 6 and 7.

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