GREENWOOD, Ind. – The 2018 HCAC men's golf tournament shifts to Defiance, Ohio for the third and final rounds this weekend. Transylvania University is shooting for their 12th consecutive HCAC men's golf title and leads the competitive field by only 23 strokes heading into the final weekend. The final rounds will take place at Eagle Rock Golf Club in Defiance, Ohio Saturday and Sunday.
The conference champion will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships which will be held on May 15-18 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The Pioneers fired a total of 292 on the first 18 holes and followed that effort with a 296 during the second round on Sunday. Transy totaled a 588 for the first 36 holes of the HCAC Men's Golf Championship and lead second place Mount St. Joseph by 23 strokes. Hanover sits two strokes back of the Lions with a two-round total of 613, while Franklin is fourth in the standings with a 626. The rest of the field includes Rose-Hulman (628), Earlham (632), Defiance (633), Manchester (681), and Bluffton (714).
Transylvania's Spencer McKinney (Danville, Ky. / Danville) currently leads the individual standings with rounds of 71 and 71, sitting at two under par. All five of the Pioneers men's golf team members rank in the Top 10 of the individual standings after the first and second rounds. Mount St. Joseph University's Mikel Merker (Dayton, Ohio / West Carrollton) is currently tied for second with a 36 hole score of 147.
The top eight finishers after Sunday's round is complete will earn All-HCAC honors. The top freshman finisher will receive the Freshman of the Year award. Action will get underway Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.