INDIANAPOLIS – Sophomore golfer Spencer McKinney continued his blazing pace as the Transylvania men's golf team completed the first weekend of the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championships in first place at The Fort Golf Resort.
McKinney marched through the first half of the conference championships with a magnificent showing, shooting identical scores of one-under par 71's in both Round One on Saturday and Round Two on Sunday to card a two-round score of 142, good for first place on the individual leaderboard.
Junior Blake Young showed his best stuff throughout the first of two weekends, shooting a 74 in Sunday's second round to finish with a three-over par score of 147 for the first two rounds to complete the first weekend in a tie for second place among individuals.
Junior Jack Berger completed his first two rounds with a score of 148, one stroke back of Young to finish in fourth place at the halfway point of the conference tournament.
Senior Carson Wattenbarger and sophomore Harrison Lane each carded scores of 152 as the Pioneers' dominance and comfortability with the course showed in the first round. Of Transy's five-man group, all finished in the top-seven on the individual leaderboard.
McKinney enjoyed another day of consistency and his proclivity for having the right touch. After shooting bogeys on two of the first four holes at The Fort, the multi-sport athlete who plays basketball in the winter for Transylvania showed off his rebounding ability, producing back-to-back birdies on holes six and seven to quickly draw even for the day. McKinney parred every hole forward, save for a birdie on the 16th hole.
Young's second round was highlighted by a string of three consecutive birdies on holes five through seven as he turned in a two-over par 74.
After finishing Round One 13 strokes ahead of second-place Mount St. Joseph University, the Pioneers extended their team lead to 23 strokes. The Pioneers turned in a Round-Two team score of 296 to card a two-day score of 588 (12-over par).
Hanover College is currently in third place, two strokes back of Mount St. Joseph.
The Pioneers are aiming for their 12th straight HCAC Men's Golf Tournament Championship and subsequent 12th consecutive trip to the NCAA Men's Golf National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The HCAC Championships continue next Saturday, May 5 at Eagle Rock Golf Course in Defiance, Ohio where the final two rounds will be contested. The conference team and individual champions will be crowned following the fourth and final round at Eagle Rock on Sunday, May 6.
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