Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania men's golf team teed off on a new season on Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the 2019 Transylvania Fall Invitational at the University Club of Kentucky, playing three full rounds on the way to an 11th-place finish.
Sophomore Tim Alexander highlighted the weekend for the Pioneers, recording the first top-20 individual finish of his career with a 19th-place showing. Alexander shot a 54-hole score of 226, defined by an even-par 72 in his third and final round. Alexander birdied back to back holes on 12 and 13 in Sunday's final round to boost his prospects on the final back nine of the weekend.
Senior Jeb Brumley came in second amongst the Pioneers, rebounding from a round-one 82 in Saturday's morning round to card a 74 in the second of 18 holes on Saturday, followed by a 75 on Sunday morning for a grand total of 231. Brumley took a share of 54th place on the 88-man leaderboard.
Freshman Michael Collins got his first taste of collegiate competition over the weekend and turned in a solid score for his first time in the collegiate environment; after shooting an 82 in the first round, Collins answered back with a one-over-par 73 in Saturday's second round and a 76 on Sunday to match Brumley with a 231. His weekend featured a string of three birdies in four holes on the front nine of the second round.
Senior Harrison Lane shot a three-round 233 to finish two strokes back of Brumley and Collins. Lane's second-round 76 was his round-best score of the weekend. Senior Spencer McKinney carded a 236; his round-two 75 stood as his weekend-low round. McKinney was one of multiple players who had to finish the final hole of their second round on Sunday morning; play was halted in the evening on Saturday after storm patterns encroached on the University Club, resulting in a 19-hole day for some golfers on Sunday.
The Pioneers as a whole finished one stroke back of Millikin, which placed 10th, and nine strokes back of ninth-place Otterbein. Wittenberg University captured first place with a three-round 870. Greensboro took runner-up honors with an 877 while Piedmont College finished in third at 882.
Transylvania next hits the links for competition on Friday, September 13 for the NCAA Preview at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The Pioneers are aiming for what would be their 14th consecutive NCAA Championship berth; the PGA National course offers the Pioneers their first look at their potential championship destination for 54 holes of golf over a Friday-Saturday-Sunday format.
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