Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania men's golf team made its big move in round two of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Golf Tournament on Sunday afternoon at the University Club of Kentucky.
Carrying a seven-stroke lead over second-place Earlham entering Sunday morning's second round, the Pioneers strengthened their hold upon first place with a seven-over-par 295 team score, matching their round one score from Saturday to record a 590 after two rounds of tournament play.
Earlham fell back on Sunday with a 28-over-par 316 to turn in a two-round 618. Earlham now trails Transylvania by 28 strokes while third-place Hanover sits 32 strokes back of Transylvania and four behind Earlham.
Numerous Pioneers enjoyed bounce back days, led by junior Spencer McKinney; one day after shooting a seven-over par 79 on Saturday, McKinney, the reigning HCAC individual champion, fired an even-par 72 to finish in a tie for seventh place on the individual leaderboard at the halfway point of the 72-hole tournament; the second leg of the HCAC Tournament will resume next Saturday with the final two rounds in Anderson, Indiana.
McKinney posted the best round-to-round stroke improvement of any player in the top-10 with his Sunday 72.
Blake Young showed off his veteran mettle with a one-under-par 71 to turn in the best score of round two among all individuals; the senior tallied a team-high five birdies including three on the back nine.
After shooting a 73 on Saturday and a 71 on Sunday, Young took the lead on the individual leaderboard, surpassing Earlham's Garrett Schuler from day one. "It's a unique tournament because we play two rounds one weekend and then we sit on it and play another two rounds the following weekend," said a measured Young. "You have to take it one round at a time and depending on the conditions, if you're not in the lead after one round, it's not a big deal because you have three more rounds and another week to prepare."
Jack Berger took ahold of second place on the individual leaderboard after turning in a two-over-par 74 on Sunday. The senior finished with four birdies, including two on his final three holes to leave the University Club with a good feeling.
Zach Treilobs delivered back-to-back birdies on holes five and six as the highlights of his round two. Treilobs carded a 78 and is in a tie for third place on the individual leaderboard.
Harrison Lane began his day with a birdie in extremely windy conditions before going on to finish with a seven-over-par 79.
The HCAC Men's Golf Tournament is now in recess until Saturday, May 4 for the third round and the final round on Sunday, May 5. Both rounds will be contested at the Anderson Country Club in Anderson, Indiana, which is hosted by HCAC member Anderson University. The team which wins the HCAC Tournament will be awarded the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Men's Golf National Championships.
This year, Transylvania will be hosting the national championships at nearby Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky. The Pioneers have appeared in the last 12 straight national championships and are hosting the national championship for the first time ever on May 14-17. The Pioneers are also 12-time reigning champions of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and are pursuing a record 13th straight conference title.
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