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Golfers win HCAC tournament, finish 12th in NCAA national championship

Men's golf team
Transy golfers celebrate with former Pioneer golfer Mike McCaslin ’72 and his father, Raymond McCaslin, after winning the HCAC title and qualifying for the NCAA Division III national tournament for the first time. The McCaslins followed the team on the course and hosted a team dinner. From left, Matt Scott (foreground), Alex Rechtin, Greg Turcotte, Corey Maggard, Bradley Sutherland, the McCaslins, and coach Brian Lane ’90.

After a second place finish in last year’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament, a very young Transylvania men’s golf team felt poised to move up significantly during the 2007 season. Move up they did, capturing their first-ever HCAC crown and contending for a national title in the NCAA tournament.

The Pioneers trailed four-time defending HCAC champion Franklin College by 10 strokes after two rounds of the conference tournament, but sailed past the Grizzlies over the final two rounds with scores of even par 288 and two-under 286 to win going away by 32 shots. The Pioneers were led by junior Matt Scott at 298, good for second place in individual play. The Heartland title qualified the team for the NCAA Division III championship, another first for Transy.

The Pioneers joined 35 other teams for the NCAA meet, held at the Hawthorns Country Club in Fishers, Ind. Transy was in ninth place after the first two rounds, when the field was cut to the low 23 teams, and finished the tournament in 12th place, establishing the Pioneers as an elite team in Division III.

Sophomore Bradley Sutherland paced Transy in the NCAA tourney with a four-day total of 304, good for an 11th place finish in individual competition. Junior Greg Turcotte was next at 315, followed by junior Corey Maggard at 317 and Scott at 328.

The Pioneers had a very successful regular season, highlighted by first place finishes in invitational tournaments hosted by DePauw University, Centre College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Anderson University. They made a spring break trip to Orlando, where they finished sixth in the Webber International Invitational.

Maggard, Scott, Sutherland, and Turcotte made the All-HCAC team. Sutherland’s fine performance in the NCAA tournament garnered him national recognition with his selection to the Ping All-American second team.

Head coach Brian Lane ’90, in his third season leading the Pioneer men’s golfers, was named Coach of the Year in the HCAC for the first time.

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