Greensboro, N.C. – The Transylvania men's golf team aims for new history and successes this week as the Pioneers make their record 12th consecutive appearance at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf National Championships beginning Tuesday, May 15 at the Grandover Resort.
The Pioneers will compete in the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships, hosted by Guilford College and the Greensboro Sports Commission.
Transylvania is one of three teams competing in the last 12 NCAA national championships after winning a Division III record 12th straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship on April 29.
The defending national runners-up in 2012 and 2013, the Pioneers arrive at the 2018 edition of the national championship playing arguably their best golf of the season. Transylvania enters the national championships coming off its first team tournament victory at the HCAC Championships since winning the Dick Park Invitational in Indianapolis, Indiana last September.
The Pioneers are led by sophomore Spencer McKinney, who took first place at the HCAC Championships, winning by a full 10 strokes over the second-place finisher to garner Most Valuable Player honors. McKinney's final-round 66 was the lowest HCAC score in conference tournament history, vaulting the Pioneer into his second national championship appearance with a full head of steam.
McKinney is joined by juniors Blake Young and Jack Berger at this year's NCAA championships. Young is the veteran of the group, making his third appearance in the national championships, while Berger makes his championship debut at Grandover.
Also making his first trip to the NCAA championships is sophomore Harrison Lane. Lane, Berger, and Young all recorded top-eight finishes at the HCAC Championships to attain All-HCAC honors.
Making his second trip to the NCAA championships is senior Carson Wattenbarger, who has been a consistent performer for Transylvania all season.
Transylvania is one of 42 teams who will be represented at the NCAA championships, along with six individual golfers to form a 216-man field. The Pioneers will aim to be of the top 18 teams after two rounds, upon which a cut line will be implemented for the final two days.
The Pioneers took 22nd place at the 2017 national championships and finished in 12th place at the 2016 edition. Young is the lone Pioneer from that top-12 squad competing for Transylvania at Grandover.
This year's championships presents extra meaning for the Pioneers as they converge upon Grandover for tomorrow's 7:30 a.m. opening tee.
Former Transylvania All-American Justin Tereshko coaches the host team for this year's championships, the Guilford Quakers. Tereshko was part of the two NCAA national runner-up teams for the Pioneers during 2012 and 2013 and now looks to write new history with his Quakers. Tereshko golfed under 13th-year Transy head coach Brian Lane, winning two PING NCAA Division III All-American awards.
This year's national championships also represent the penultimate event before hosting duties are relayed to Transylvania, who will host the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf National Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky. The 36-hole golf course will serve as the national championship site, marking the fifth time ever an NCAA national championship for golf has been held in Kentucky.
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