Pioneers continue impressive run with eighth-straight HCAC title

DEFIANCE, Ohio—For the eighth-straight year, Transylvania men's golf team have clinched the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title.

Four Pioneers earned HCAC honors, while Head Coach Brian Lane was named HCAC Coach of the Year for the eighth-straight season.

Seniors Clay Hinton and Jantzen Latham, along with sophomore Nicholas McCarthy were selected to the All-HCAC team, while Evan Shelley was named to the All-Sportsmanship team.

Seasoned veterans, along with a dynamic group of sophomores, showed their composure throughout the tournament, as all five Pioneers finished in the top 20. Hinton and Latham both were named to the Division III Ping All-America team following last year's performance in the HCAC tournament that saw both place in the top 10.

The Pioneers found themselves trailing by a single stroke following the opening round of the HCAC Tournament, but Hinton and Latham helped lead the charge that saw Transylvania dominate the final three rounds.

Hinton, the HCAC leading scorer, finished the event tied for second overall. Hinton posted a 72-hole total of 296 and competed in a seven-hole playoff for the individual HCAC title. Latham's four-round total of 301 earned him a fourth place finish, coming in only 17 strokes over par. McCarthy, Shelley and fellow sophomore Jeffrey Meade were just as pivotal in the victory. McCarthy tied for fifth in a notable performance in his first conference tournament. Meanwhile, Meade rounded out the top 10, posting a ninth place finish with an event total of 307. Shelley logged a team-best round of 71 in the final round to help the Pioneers extend their impressive run of conference crowns.

With the win, the Pioneers earn a trip to the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship, where they have received NCAA DIII Runner-Up honors the previous two years.The first two rounds of the event were held at Legends Golf Course in Franklin, Ind., while the concluding two rounds were played at Eagle Rock Golf Course, a 6,130-yard par 70 course.

Transylvania will enter the NCAA Championships ranked 11th nationally. The event will be held May 13-16 in Greensboro, N.C. at Grandover Resort.

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