INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The 2019 HCAC men's golf tournament gets underway this weekend in Lexington, Ky. The men's golf championship will be a 72-hole format with the first two rounds set for the 6,906 yard par 72 University Club of Kentucky on Saturday and Sunday. The final rounds will take place at Anderson Country Club in Anderson, Ind. 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 at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky. hosted by Transylvania University.
Transylvania University will enter the tournament as the 12-time defending champion. The Pioneers earned their 12th consecutive conference championship, defeating second place Mount St. Joseph by 51 strokes last spring.
Transylvania heads into the conference tournament returning all four All-HCAC honorees from last season's team. In the latest poll, the Pioneers are ranked No. 5 in the Great Lakes Region heading into the first and second rounds of the conference championship. Transylvania has received very consistent play from their whole lineup this season, placing all five players on the top 10 scoring average list for the conference this season.
Transy returns Spencer McKinney, the HCAC Most Valuable Player from last spring. The junior carded a four-round total of 278 (71-71-70-66), and is currently averaging 74.0 strokes per round this season. Pioneer senior Jack Berger joins McKinney as a returning All-HCAC selection after a fourth place finish at last year's championships, and is averaging 74.8 strokes per round this season.
Mount St. Joseph University returns one All-HCAC selection this season. Sophomore Ethan McCarthy boasted a four-round total of 301 strokes at last year's HCAC championships. McCarthy is averaging the lowest score (75.4) on the Lions roster this spring.
Hanover's Austin Zapp returns for the Panthers as the lone All-HCAC selection from last spring with an average score of 76.1 this season. Earlham's Garrett Schuler returns to the top of the Quakers lineup with a season average of 76.8 strokes after finishing in a tie for sixth at last year's championships.
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 at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.