RECAP | Grizzlies Close HCAC Championships Strong, Earn Third Straight Top-Four Finish

Jackson Williams with his All-Conference plaque (Photo courtesy of Aaron Schneider, Anderson University Athletics)
Jackson Williams with his All-Conference plaque (Photo courtesy of Aaron Schneider, Anderson University Athletics)

ANDERSON, Ind. – Bolstered by a strong final round, the Franklin College men's golf team secured a fourth-place finish at the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships.

After Saturday's scheduled third round was washed out, the event resumed with Sunday's scheduled final round. The Grizzlies (314-321-301) dropped 20 shots off their score from round two to three to finish with a 936, earning their third straight top-four finish at the event.

Junior Jackson Williams became an All-HCAC selection for the first time in his career after earning a share of seventh place for the two-weekend tournament. The Greenwood, Ind.-native fired a 227 (78-76-73), tying for the team low round of the day on Sunday afternoon.

Playing in his final conference championship, senior Jacob Hash turned in a strong third round to wrap up a 13th-place finish. The Franklin-native finished three shots back of Williams with a 230 (76-81-73), matching his teammate for the best round on the team on Sunday. It marks the highest finish for Hash at the conference championships, besting his 14th-place finish one year ago.

Sophomore RJ Turner placed 18th overall following a 237 (77-81-79), setting a new personal best finish at the conference championships. Freshman Alan Showalter closed out his first conference tournament strong, finishing 24th with a 244 (85-83-76). Junior Aubrey Seaman rounded out the Franklin lineup with a 251 (83-85-83), earning a share of 31st place.

Transylvania repeated as conference champions for the 13th straight year, shooting an 882 to win the event by 37 shots. The Pioneers' Blake Young earned medalist honors, firing a one-under 215 to win by one shot.