GREENWOOD, IN – The 2015 HCAC men’s golf tournament gets underway this weekend in Lexington, Kentucky. The men’s golf championship will be a 72-hole format with the first two rounds set for the 7,013 yard par 72 University Club of Kentucky Big Blue Course on Saturday and Sunday. The final rounds will take place at Royal Highlands Golf Club in Knightstown, Indiana on May 2-3.
The conference champion will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships which will be held on May 12-15 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Transylvania University will enter the tournament as the eight-time defending champion. The Pioneers earned their eighth conference championship, defeating second place Mount St. Joseph by 47 strokes last spring.
Transy led the HCAC field at the Mount St. Joseph Invitational back in March. The Pioneers finished second at the 14-team event, finishing 11 shots behind champion Kenyon. It was the only event this spring season the Pioneers competed against fellow conference foes.
Transy’s Nicholas McCarthy (Nicholasville, Ky./East Jessamine) finished seventh at the HCAC championship last spring and is the only returning All-HCAC performer for the Pios. McCarthy ranks seventh in the HCAC in scoring this season, averaging 78.1 strokes per round. Senior Ben Fister (Lexington, Ky./Catholic) leads TU’s lineup in scoring average, carding 76.8 strokes per round.
Transylvania has received very consistent play from their whole lineup this season, placing all five players on the top 15 scoring average list for the conference this season.
Rose-Hulman’s Sanders Park (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) earned medalist honors a year ago and joins Franklin’s Chris Arnold (Quincy, Ind./Cloverdale) and MSJ’s Eric Hensler (Fairfield, Ohio/H.S.) as returning All-HCAC selections.
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 at Noon and Sunday at 8:00 AM.