COLUMBUS, Ohio –Junior Nicholas McCarthy led the twenty second-ranked Transylvania University men's golf team in the first two rounds of the Gordin Classic Monday at Columbus Country Club.
The Pioneers are currently in eight place and just 17 strokes off the lead, as McCarthy used eight birdies to finish one-over through 36 holes on the opening day of play. Meanwhile, teammate Jeffrey Meade tallied five birdies on his way to a 145 tying McCarthy for 14th place overall with 18 holes remaining.
The event's field of team includes 11 of the nation's top teams. Ninth ranked Berry College leads the field after 36 holes, as third-ranked Wittenberg sits and second and twentieth-ranked Rhodes College rounds out the top three teams.
The Pioneers entered the event ranked 22nd in the nation in the Golf Coaches Association of America Coaches' Poll. Transy won its ninth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title in 2015.
The event is being held at Columbus Country Club, a 7,010-yard, par 72 course and will conclude with 18 holes Tuesday. Live scoring for Tuesday's final round can be found here and Tuesday's pairings can be viewed here.
Hosted by Ohio Wesleyan since 1991, the Gordin Classic annually matches 12 of the best NCAA Division III teams, featuring most — if not all — of the top 10 finishers from the previous spring's NCAA Division III championship tournament. Conceived as the opening tournament of the spring, the Gordin Classic moved to the fall in 1995 and was the final tournament of the calendar year for several years before moving to an earlier slot for the 2011-12 season.
The tournament is named after longtime Ohio Wesleyan coach Dick Gordin. Gordin, who served as the Bishops' golf coach from 1955-93, guided 22 of his last 25 teams to the NCAA Division III or College Division tournaments, bringing home six top-5 finishes in his last eight years, including runner-up finishes in 1990 and 1993 and thirds in 1989 and 1991. Ohio Wesleyan won a total of 12 league titles in five different decades under Gordin. His teams won seven Ohio Athletic Conference championships and five North Coast Athletic Conference crowns. Gordin was named NCAA Division III Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1993.
Columbus Country Club is the oldest golf club in central Ohio. The Donald Ross-designed course was the site of the 1964 PGA championship, as well as the PGA Tour's Columbus Invitational in 1946 and 1947.