Transylvania Claims Eighth Straight HCAC Men’s Golf Championship

Transylvania Claims Eighth Straight HCAC Men’s Golf Championship

Final Results

DEFIANCE, OH – Transylvania University’s Clay Hinton (Elizabethtown, Ky./H.S.) fired a four-round score of 296 at the 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Conference Championship at the Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Indiana and Eagle Rock Golf Course in Defiance, Ohio to lead the Pioneers to their eighth straight HCAC Men’s Golf title. Transylvania tallied a team-score of 1,195, holding off second place College of Mount St. Joseph’s total of 1,242. 

Hinton shot a final-round 75 and fired rounds of 73, 76, and 72 in the first three rounds to finish in a three-way tie for first at the event. 

Hanover College’s Robert Bader (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier) and Rose-Hulman’s Sanders Park (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) finished alongside Hinton atop the leader board. Rose-Hulman’s Park earned the 2014 HCAC Most Valuable Player award after a seven hole playoff.

The Pioneers had two other top-eight finishers at the meet, placing Jantzen Latham (Central City, Ky./Muhlenberg Co.) in fourth position (301) and Nicolas McCarthy (Nicholasville, Ky./East Jessamine) in fifth (305).

Park, Bader, Hinton, Latham, and McCarthy all earned All-HCAC recognition. Joining the group on the All-HCAC team are Franklin College’s Chris Arnold (Quincy, Ind./Cloverdale), and College of Mount St. Joseph’s Eric Hensler (Fairfield, Ohio/H.S.) and Phil Gilmore (Wilmington, Ohio/H.S.).

Hanover’s P.J. Greene (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) and Defiance’s Jake Tinsley (Kettering, Ohio/Eaton) finished 13th in the standings to earn the conference’s Co-Freshman of the Year honor.  Greene and Tinsley finished with a total of 312, finishing 16 shots off the lead.

Mount St. Joseph finished second behind the Pioneers with a team score of 1,242. Hanover placed third with a total of 1,247, while Rose-Hulman finished fourth in the team standings with a total of 1,248. Defiance tallied 1,283 team strokes for fifth place and was trailed by Franklin (1,311), Manchester (1,339), and Anderson (1,480).

Transylvania head coach Brian Lane was also honored by the HCAC and named Coach of the Year. Lane earned the honor for the eighth time after leading the Pioneers to their eighth straight HCAC men’s golf championship.

Most Valuable Player – Sanders Park, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Co-Freshman of the Year P.J. Greene, Hanover College & Jake Tinsley, Defiance College

Coach of the Year – Brian Lane, Transylvania University



Robert Bader, HC


Clay Hinton, TU


Sanders Park, RHIT


Jantzen Latham, TU


Chris Arnold, FC


Eric Hensler, MSJ


Nicholas McCarthy, TU


Phil Gilmore, MSJ


All- Sportsmanship Team

Collin Miller, Anderson

Josh DeGroff, Defiance

Joe Abplanalp, Franklin

Terry Smith, Hanover

Patrick McNinch, Manchester

Phil Gilmore, Mount St. Joseph

Travis Whithaus, Rose-Hulman

Evan Shelley, Transylvania