COLUMBUS, Ohio –The twenty-second ranked Transylvania men's golf shot an impressive 291 on Tuesday's final round to tie for eighth place at the 25th annual Gordin Classic.
Casey Gilligan and Jeffrey Meade both posted one-under rounds of 71 to lead the Pioneers on the final 18. Nicholas McCarthy finished an even par for the day, while Blake Young carded a 77 to help Transy to a top-ten finish.
Meade tied for 12th overall with a three-round total of 216, as McCarthy's 217 tied for 14th. Gilligan logged a score of 225, while Hunter Cloud and Young finished with a 228 and 239 respectively.
The Pioneers racked up 37 birdies through a grueling 54 holes in two days against the nation's best programs. The event included 11 of the nation's top teams. Ninth ranked Berry College won the event, as Methodist and Rhodes College rounded out the top three.
The event was held at Columbus Country Club, a 7,010-yard, par 72 course and will conclude with 18 holes Tuesday.
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.
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.
Transy returns to action October 5 as they travel to Atlanta, Georgia for the Royal Lakes event.