Men's golf finishes fifth at HCAC championship

Garrett Schuler receives the HCAC Freshman of the Year award from HCAC Commissioner Chris Ragsdale.
Garrett Schuler receives the HCAC Freshman of the Year award from HCAC Commissioner Chris Ragsdale.

DEFIANCE, Ohio – Earlham College turned in its best round of the tournament with a 306 (+26) in the fourth and final round of the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship, which concluded Sunday at the Eagle Rock Golf Club.

The Quakers finished fifth overall with a four-round total of 1246 (+110), 10 strokes ahead of sixth-place Rose-Hulman. Earlham was 27 strokes off the pace set by fourth-place Franklin College (1219, +83).

The fifth-place finish by the second-year Earlham men's golf program was a two-spot improvement over its seventh-place finish at the 2017 HCAC championship.

Earlham placed three individuals among the top 20 on the leaderboard.

Garrett Schuler fired a 72 on Sunday on the par 70, 6,500-yard Eagle Rock course, the lowest round of the tournament by a Quaker men's golfer, and finished the championship with a 300 (+16) and tied for sixth among individuals. Schuler was named the HCAC Freshman of the Year, giving Earlham men's golf its first major HCAC award in the program's second season of competition. He was also named to the All-HCAC team.

Nate Mynatt was 16th overall after carding a 77 in the fourth round, giving him a 72-hole total of 308 (+24). Graham Sherard was tied for 17th overall with a 309 (+25) over four rounds, after shooting a 74 in Sunday's round.

Brevin Smith and Patrick Wright were 35th and 36th respectively on the final leaderboard. Smith shot an 83 on Sunday and finished the tournament with a 336 (+52), while Wright fired an 86 in the fourth round and had a 338 (+54) over 72 holes.

Transylvania won the HCAC championship for the 12th straight year after finishing with an 1158 (+22) with a 51-stroke margin over second place Mount St. Joseph (1209, +73). Hanover was third with a 1217 (+81).

Spencer McKinney of Transylvania took medalist honors with a six-under 278 for the tournament, after carding a four-under 66 in Sunday's final round. He had a 10-stroke lead over second-place Mikel Merker from Mount St. Joseph, and a 12-stroke lead over third-place Blake Young from Transy.

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