Men’s golf amid tightly-packed field following day one at HCACs

Garrett Schuler

INDIANAPOLIS – Earlham College men's golf found itself smack in the middle of a group of four teams bunched in fourth through seventh place, following Saturday's first round of play in the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference at The Fort Golf Resort.

The Quakers and Defiance College are tied for sixth in the nine-team field with a round of 318 (+30). Both teams are one stroke behind Franklin and Rose-Hulman, who are tied for fourth at 317 (+29).

Transylvania shot a four-over 292 in Saturday's first round, and has a 13-stroke lead over second place Mount St. Joseph University (+17, 305). Hanover College (+18, 306) is third after the first 18 holes of play.

Garrett Schuler is the top Quaker golfer in the field, after finishing Saturday's round at the par 72, 6,791-yard The Fort course tied for fifth with a three-over 75. Schuler carded three birdies in the first round.

Nate Mynatt also finished his round among the top 20, after carding a six-over 78.

Graham Sherard was among a group of four tied at 26th on the leaderboard with a nine-over 81. Patrick Wright carded a 12-over 84 and Brevin Smith shot a 14-over 86, and they were tied for 34th and alone at 36th respectively.

Transy's Spencer McKinney leads the field of 45 golfers with a one-under 71, carding the game's only sub-par round. Three golfers are two strokes off the pace, tied for second.

Round two of the 2018 HCAC Championship takes place on Sunday at The Fort Golf Resort.

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