Anderson, Ind. – The Transylvania men's golf team won its 13th consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Golf Championship as the Pioneers completed the fourth and final round of the conference tournament on Sunday afternoon at the Anderson Country Club.
The Pioneers turned in an 882 team score over the abbreviated three-round conference tournament; after developing a 28-stroke lead over the first two rounds of the tournament contested last weekend at the University Club of Kentucky, the Pioneers shot a four-over-par 292 on Sunday in the tournament's second weekend leg to secure the title by a landslide.
After rainy conditions forced the cancellation of Saturday's scheduled third round at Anderson Country Club, Sunday's fourth round served as the lone 18 holes for the weekend, condensing the final length of the conference tournament to 54 holes.
Transylvania continued upon its stellar play from the first 36 holes last weekend to cruise to their 13th straight HCAC trophy on Sunday, finishing 37 strokes ahead of second-place Earlham College.
The Pioneers' Blake Young completed his consistent charge over three rounds to clinch his first medalist status at an HCAC Men's Golf Championship in his four appearances. Young shot a one-under-par 71 on Sunday to turn in a 54-hole score of a one-under-par 215, achieving honors as the 2019 HCAC Individual Champion and Most Valuable Player.
Young carried a two-stroke lead into the second weekend of play and maintained the lead, eventually winning by one stroke over senior teammate Jack Berger, who finished as the runner-up.
Young's individual title was the final conference career step in an evolution that saw Young compete in the tournament as a freshman, finish eighth as a sophomore, place third as a junior, and finish his run as an HCAC champion in his final season with the Pioneers.
Berger carded the best fourth round of any HCAC competitor on Sunday, shooting a two-under-par 70 to card a three-round 216 to finish at even-par for the tournament.
Berger's runner-up showing at the 2019 conference championships follows a fourth-place finish at the 2018 HCAC Championships. The senior enjoyed a phenomenal day in the fourth round, making birdie on four holes. Outside of a double-bogey on the ninth hole, Berger made par or birdie on the other 17 holes on Sunday.
Zach Treilobs earned his way onto the All-HCAC team along with Young and Berger with a sixth-place finish. Treilobs shot a four-over-par 76 on Sunday to turn in a three-round score of 225.
Spencer McKinney finished three strokes back of Treilobs to card a 228, finishing in ninth place on the individual leaderboard. The junior was also named to the All-HCAC team for his performance, his third straight selection.
Harrison Lane finished in a tie for 14th, shooting his best round of the three with a three-over-par 75. Lane led the Pioneers with six birdies in the final round, including four on the back nine.
Transylvania men's golf head coach Brian Lane also was named the HCAC Men's Golf Coach of the Year for the 13th straight season for guiding the Pioneers once again to the conference summit.
By securing the long-anticipated 2019 HCAC Championship, the Pioneers now will advance to their 13th straight NCAA Division III National Championship appearance, an active program-record across all three levels of the NCAA.
Further sweetening this year's achievement is the opportunity for Transylvania to play at home in the national championship for the first time ever. Just over two years ago, Transylvania University was awarded hosting rights for the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championships to be held at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky, one of the home venues for the Pioneers.
Transylvania will appear at its home national championship on May 14-17 at Keene Trace. Four of five Pioneers on this year's squad competed in last year's national championships.
The Pioneers were the national runners-up at the 2012 and 2013 national championships and finished in the top 10 last season for the fourth time over their current streak.
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