Harrison, Ohio – The Transylvania men's golf team sits atop the leaderboard after the first two rounds of the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championships held at Miami Whitewater Golf Course.
As a team, the Pioneers shot a four-man score of 299 for the first round on Sunday afternoon, then improved upon their first round with a second-round 296 to finish with two-round total of 595.
Transylvania stands three strokes ahead of Mount St. Joseph University, who fired a 598 as a team and played host for the first two legs of the four-round championship format, which resumes next Saturday at the Hulman Links Golf Course in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Transylvania and the other nine opposing teams in session turned in two rounds of grueling play on Sunday after extreme stormy weather and course flooding forced postponement of Saturday's Round One action. Despite a demanding physical order, the Pioneers, led by freshman Spencer McKinney and senior Rob Canady, thrived in Sunday's 36-hole marathon to make up Round One and proceed with Round Two as scheduled.
McKinney shot a one-under par 71 in round one, and carded a two-over 74 in the second round on Sunday to finish with a two-round 145, good for first place on the individual leaderboard.
Canady shot a 74 in round one and turned in his best round of 72 in the second round to record a two-round 146 to finish the first half of the conference tournament one stroke off of McKinney. Canady had a team-high six birdies over the first 36 holes while McKinney enjoyed five birdies.
Sophomore Blake Young was third on the Pioneer leaderboard with a two-round score of 150 to finish the first two rounds in a tie for seventh on the individual leaderboard. Junior Clay Church is currently in the top-20 after shooting a 154. Junior Carson Wattenbarger rounded out the group of five with a 159.
The third and fourth rounds of the HCAC Tournament will be hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology next weekend; the Pioneers are seeking their 11th consecutive conference tournament title and subsequently their 11th consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships.
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