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Men’s golf finishes as national runner-up in NCAA championship

The men’s golf team capped off a brilliant season by finishing as national runner-up in the NCAA Division III championship. Under head coach Brian Lane ’90, the Pioneers claimed four invitational tournament victories during the regular season, then captured the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament crown to qualify for the NCAA event.

During the fall schedule, the Pioneers won invitational tournaments hosted by Centre College and Manchester College. In the spring, Transylvania won invitationals hosted by the College of Mount St. Joseph and Hanover College.

When the HCAC tournament rolled around, Transylvania had risen to a No. 4 national ranking and was the favorite to repeat as champion. The Pioneers led every round and ran away with the trophy, finishing 42 shots ahead of runner-up Mount St. Joseph. Senior Justin Tereshko led the way with a four-round total of 279, seven under par, which earned him the medalist title. Sophomore Jantzen Latham shot a 289, good for second in individual play. The victory moved the Pioneers to No. 3 in the nation, the team’s highest-ever ranking.

The NCAA championship was held in mid-May on the Mission Inn Resort’s El Campeon Course in Howie-in-the-Hills, Fla., just north of Orlando. The Pioneers were in 18th place after round one, but rallied in the fourth and final round to make up nine strokes on Methodist University and finish in second by one shot, 1191 to 1192. Oglethorpe University won the title with a 1171 score.

“I was really proud of the way our players battled back after our rough opening round,” said Lane, voted Coach of the Year in the HCAC. “We buckled down and competed in the last three rounds and played the way we knew we were capable of. It was a great confidence-builder heading into next year.”

Tereshko again paced the Pioneers with a four-round total of 298, good for a tie for 17th place. He had started the tournament with an uncharacteristic 82, a round that included an ace, then played par golf the rest of the week. Sophomore Clay Hinton and Latham each had a 301, followed by junior Hunter Frazier at 303 and senior James Dawson with a 304.

Tereshko, who was Player of the Year in the HCAC, and Hinton were named to the Ping All-America third team by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Earlier, Tereshko, Hinton, Frazier, Latham, and junior Stephen Montgomery were selected for the All-Great Lakes Region team by the same organization. Frazier and Hinton were also on the All-HCAC team.

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