GREENWOOD, IN – The 2013 HCAC men’s golf tournament gets underway this weekend in North Bend, Ohio. The men’s golf championship will be a 72-hole format with the first two rounds set for the 6,698 yard par 72 Aston Oaks Golf Club in North Bend on Saturday and Sunday. The final rounds will take place at Rea Park Golf Course in Terre Haute, Indiana on May 4-5.
The conference champion will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships which will be held on May 14-17 in Sandestin, Florida.
Transylvania University will enter the tournament as the six-time defending champion and ranked No. 10 nationally. The Pioneers earned their sixth conference championship, defeating second place Mount St. Joseph by 42 strokes last spring.
Transy earned the title at the Rose-Hulman Invitational on April 13-14 at Rea Park Golf Course, the site of the final two rounds of the championship. The Pioneers topped the field that featured seven of the eighth HCAC squads, holding off second place Franklin by six strokes.
Transy’s Jantzen Latham (Central City, Ky./Muhlenberg Co.) finished second at the HCAC championship last spring and will look for MVP honors this time around. Latham holds the top scoring average in the HCAC this season (73.5 strokes per round). Transy senior Hunter Frazier (Lexington, Ky./Christian) and junior Clay Hinton (Elizabethtown, Ky./H.S.) placed sixth and eighth last spring, earning All-HCAC honors.
Transylvania has received very consistent play from several individuals, placing seven players on the top ten scoring average list for the conference this season.
Franklin’s Chris Arnold (Cloverdale, Ind./H.S.), Hanover’s Robert Bader (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier), and Mount St. Joseph’s Drew Nichols (Chillicothe, Ohio/Unioto) and Phil Gilmore (Wilmington, Ohio/H.S.) join Transy’s Latham, Frazier, and Hinton as returning All-HCAC selections from a year ago.
The top eight finishers after the four rounds are complete will earn All-HCAC honors. The top freshman finisher will receive the Freshman of the Year award. Action will get underway Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 AM.