McKinney 5th on leaderboard, Pioneers men's golf in 6th place after blistering opening rounds at Tunica

McKinney teeing off

Tunica, Miss. – Junior Spencer McKinney's scintillating 36-hole performance on Sunday kicked off the three-round Rhodes College Fall Classic at the Tunica National Golf Course.

McKinney shot a season-low four-under-par 68 in Sunday morning's first round to begin the proceedings for the Pioneers before carding an even-par 72 in Sunday afternoon's second round to finish with a 140 after two of three rounds, four-under-par on the player leaderboard.

McKinney currently sits in a three-way tie for fifth place out of 104 competitors.

With McKinney leading the charge, the Pioneers as a team also sit in sixth place on the team leaderboard out of 20 competing schools. Transylvania produced a 291 in round one followed by a two-stroke improvement in Sunday's second round to churn out a two-round total of 580.

After hitting the clubhouse on Sunday evening, Transylvania is one stroke back of No. 13 Southwestern University (TX) at four-over-par, six strokes back of fourth-place and host team, No. 15 Rhodes College, and 16 strokes behind No. 1 Huntingdon College. The Pioneers will enter Monday's third and final round of the Rhodes Classic two strokes ahead of Berry College, who finished four spots above the Pioneers at the NCAA Preview tournament in Nicholasville, Kentucky this past week.

Senior Jack Berger finished Sunday second among his Pioneer peers in a tie for 31st on the player leaderboard with a two-over-par 146. Junior Harrison Lane and senior Zach Treilobs each fired a two-round 147 to end the day one stroke back of Berger, who completed Sunday in a five-way tie for 39th place.

Senior Blake Young shot an eight-over-par 152 to round out the Pioneer five. Competing as an individual, freshman Sam McNamara carded a two-round 148 to draw in a tie for 44th after two rounds.

Sunday's first round was highlighted by a hot start from McKinney. After double-bogeying his first hole of the day, the junior responded with three birdies over his next four holes and four birdies over his next six. McKinney's first 18 holes on Sunday entailed seven birdies, one bogey, and nine pars.

Berger made the most of his first round by holing three birdies and sinking 12 pars for a round-one 74.

In Sunday's second round, Treilobs birdied his first three holes to set the tone for an even-par 72 after shooting three-over-par in the first round.

The third and final round is scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m. at Tunica.

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