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Men’s golf captures third straight HCAC title and NCAA appearance

The men’s golf team continued its stellar play of recent years by making it three straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament titles and NCAA Division III national championship appearances.

bradley sutherland
Bradley Sutherland

The Pioneers won the HCAC tournament by 37 strokes over runner-up Franklin College, posting a team score of 1233 over the 72-hole event. Senior Bradley Sutherland led Transy to victory with a total of 305, which included a final round 72. First-year player James Dawson shot 309, followed by junior Matthew Martin at 313, first-year player Eli Glass at 315, and senior Greg Turcotte with a 316.

Sutherland captured medalist honors for the tournament and was named HCAC Player of the Year, both for the second straight year. By finishing in the top eight individually, each Transy golfer earned All-HCAC first team honors, and Dawson was named Freshman of the Year. Sutherland and Martin also were named to the PING All-Great Lakes Region team. Head coach Brian Lane ’90 received Coach of the Year accolades for the third year in a row.

The Pioneers headed for the NCAA tournament in Port St. Lucie, Fla., hoping to improve on last year’s 11th place finish, but wound up 15th despite a strong finish by Sutherland and Turcotte, playing in their last collegiate event. Both shot one-over-par 73s as Transy had a team score of 1227.

Martin was Transy’s top scorer with 308, and his opening round 69 was one of only 10 rounds in the 60s posted by any of the 115 players in the 23-team field for the final two days. Sutherland was one shot back at 309, followed by Dawson at 310, Turcotte at 312, and Glass at 319.

Transy prepared for the HCAC and NCAA tournaments by completing a successful regular season that began with a second place finish in the Skidmore Spring Shootout, held on the same PGA Village course that would host the Division III meet. In the Jekyll Island Invitational in Georgia, which brings together the top finishers from the previous year’s NCAA tourney, the Pioneers finished eighth, paced by Martin’s three-round score of 228.

After a second-place finish in the College of Mount St. Joseph Invitational, Transy swept the HCAC field in the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Invitational to win by 20 shots over Mount St. Joseph.

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