Men’s golf tees off in top ten

by Abby Ferguson
Sports Editor

As spring has sprung, so has Transylvania men’s golf, and the team is ready to hit the links swinging. With an NCAA Division III ranking of seventh by Golfstat and eighth in the Golf World and Nike poll, the Pioneers are among the top golfers in the nation.

Sophomore Clay Hinton was named "Player of the Week" by Heartland Conference earlier this month.

“I do not think our ranking has put any pressure on us,” said senior Justin Tereshko. “We have gone out and played solid in each round so far this spring, including a school record of -6 as a team.”

“Our guys have really done a nice job of handling having the bull’s-eye on their chest at most every tournament we go to,” said head coach Brian Lane. “It is gratifying to know that we are now the team to beat a lot of weekends.”

All five members of the team have posted a top-10 individual finish this season.

Nevertheless, “it is a total team effort and we do not have to rely on one person to win,” said Tereshko.

During their spring break trip, the men bested two of the top teams in the country.

“Anytime you beat the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the nation you have to feel a sense of accomplishment,” said Lane. “It gave us confidence that we (can) play with anyone in the country, and that should give us a tremendous boost as we head into the postseason.”

Also during their trip, they heard words of wisdom from Scott Langley, who was an NCAA Division I champion two years ago and has made three cuts on the PGA tour this season.

“(Langley) told us that we need to be working harder than any team in the country. If we work harder than any team in the country, then there will be no team that can beat us come national championship time,” said Tereshko.

Transy’s golf program has been successful over the years and the team feels that this group of men has the biggest opportunity to win it all.

“Coach Lane has put together some impressive golf teams over the last few years, but I would have to say that this team has the best chance out of any that he has had to win the national championship,” said Tereshko.

Even though their ultimate goal is “going into the back nine of the final round to hoist the NCAA national championship trophy and bring it back to Lexington,” said Tereshko, the team feels each day’s work is important.

“Everyone’s work ethic is unbelievable. We know that if we all work hard we can achieve our goal at the end of the season,” said Tereshko. “Each one of us is focused on getting better and winning the conference championship and then contending for a national championship.”

“If our guys continue to work hard and practice the way we need to down the stretch of our schedule, I feel we can win our sixth HCAC title in a row and compete for a NCAA Division III title,” said Lane.

“I love our team this season. Not only are we playing at a very high level but our team chemistry is great too,” Tereshko said. “If we can stay focused on getting better each and every day then I think we will be smiling come the end of May.”

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