Men’s golf wins HCAC, goes to NCAA tourney
For the fifth straight year, the men’s golf team captured the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament and competed in the NCAA Division III championship.
The Pioneers cruised to a 28-shot victory in the HCAC meet, which was played for the first two rounds at the University of Kentucky Club in Lexington and at the Anderson Country Club in Anderson, Ind., for the final two rounds. Transylvania’s four-day total of 1,255 bested the College of Mount St. Joseph (1,283) and Franklin College (1,291).
Junior Justin Tereshko (pictured right with Coach Lane) led the way for Transylvania with a total of 308, just three shots back of medalist Eric Whitaker of Franklin. Other Pioneers were first-year golfers Clay Hinton at 310 and Jantzen Latham at 317, sophomore Hunter Frazier with a 322, and junior James Dawson at 337.
In the NCAA championship, played at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C., Transylvania just missed qualifying for the final two rounds of the four-day meet after finishing the first two days in a three-way tie with La Verne College and Redlands College for the 15th and final spot. Leading the way for the Pioneers were Tereshko with a 145 (71-74) and Latham (76-73) and Dawson (75-74), both at 149.
Highlights from fall and spring regular season play include a second-place finish in the Anderson Invitational, hosted by Anderson University, and a victory in the Hanover Invitational, hosted by Hanover College. At Hanover, Transylvania’s 604 total outdistanced runner-up Mount St. Joseph (614), Defiance College (634), Thomas More College (652), Manchester College (652), and Anderson (653). Transylvania’s Hinton was medalist (148: 79-69).
Hinton and Tereshko won All-HCAC honors, and Hinton was also named HCAC Freshman of the Year. Transylvania head coach Brian Lane ’90 was named HCAC Coach of the Year for the fifth straight season.