Men's golf climbs to fifth in third round at HCAC championship

Nate Mynatt

DEFIANCE, Ohio – Earlham men's golfers Garrett Schuler and Nate Mynatt each fired a six-over 76 in Saturday's third round of the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship, to hold onto positions among the top 20 with one round left to play.

Schuler finished the round at 228 (+14) through 54 holes and was tied with Mount St. Joseph's Ethan McCarthy for seventh place on the individual leaderboard.

Mynatt climbed two spots from 13th into a five-way tie for 11th with a three-round total of 231 (+17).

Graham Sherard also edged one spot up the leaderboard from tied for 22nd into a two-way tie for 21st after carding an eight-over 78 on the par 70, 6,500-yard Eagle Rock Golf Club course, site of the tournament's third and fourth rounds. He has a 54-hole score of 235 (+21), and is tied with Hanover's Aaron Wade.

Patrick Wright and Brevin Smith are 34th and 35th respectively on the individual leaderboard after Saturday's third round. Wright shot an 84 for the third consecutive round for a 252 (+38) overall, while Smith carded a 78 – his best round of the tournament by eight strokes – and has a 253 (+39) through three rounds.

As a team, Earlham climbed from sixth to fifth in Saturday's third round, and the Quakers have a 54-hole score of 940 (+84). The Maroon and White are 10 strokes ahead of sixth-place Rose-Hulman (950, +94), and trail fourth-place Franklin College (925, +69) by 15 strokes.

Transylvania widened its lead in the HCAC Men's Golf Championship with a 286 on Saturday, giving the Pioneers a three-round score of 874 (+18). They have a 37-stroke lead over second-place Hanover (911, +55).

Transy's Spencer McKinney continues to lead the field of 46 golfers with a two-under 212 for the tournament, after shooting an even-par 70 on Saturday.

Sunday's fourth and final round of the HCAC Men's Golf Championship begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Eagle Rock Golf Club, with the Quakers teeing off at 8:50 a.m. led by Brevin Smith. Patrick Wright will tee off at 9:00 a.m., followed by Graham Sherard (9:10 a.m.), Nate Mynatt (9:20 a.m.), and Garrett Schuler (9:30 a.m.).

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