McKinney shoots even par on first day of Gordin Classic, Transylvania men’s golf in top-10

McKinney approach shot

Columbus, Ohio – Junior Spencer McKinney kept up his hot string of fall play by firing an even-par 144 over the first two rounds of the Gordin Collegiate Classic on Monday at the Columbus Country Club while the No. 20 Transylvania men's golf team stands in 10th place on the team leaderboard after 36 holes of play.

Playing at the prestigious Gordin Classic which is hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University and honors the memory of longtime Ohio Wesleyan men's golf coach Dick Gordin, the Pioneers squared off against a plethora of teams which finished in the top 10 of last year's national championships in the three-round tournament.

McKinney shot identical even-par scores of 72 in Monday's first and second rounds to draw into a share of 14th place on the 70-player leaderboard. His first round was highlighted by a stretch of three birdies over his first 10 holes. McKinney finished the day off with flair as he sunk an eagle on his 18th hole; after a 315-yard drive for his first stroke, the junior used a seven-iron to approach the green from five feet out on his second shot before converting the putt for eagle.

Senior Blake Young shot a three-over-par 75 in the first round and replicated that score in the second round to finishing at six-over-par for the day and in 35th place. Freshman Sam McNamara improved upon his first-round score by five strokes to turn in a two-round score of 153 to end the second round in a tie for 46th place. Junior Harrison Lane shot a 157 while senior Jack Berger carded a 159 to round out Transylvania's group of five.

Illinois Wesleyan leads the pack at 13-under-par while the Pioneers will begin Tuesday's third and final round in 10th place, six strokes ahead of host Ohio Wesleyan.

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