DESTIN, Fla. -– Transylvania moved into a tie for first place with Texas-Tyler Wednesday following the second round of the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship at the Sandestin Golf Resort.

The Pioneers, playing on the par 72 Links Course, were at seven-over par 579 after 36 holes of play. Texas-Tyler played on the par 71 Raven Course and was two-over par for the day, compared to three-over for the Pioneers.

Methodist, which held a shot lead against the Pioneers after first-round action, dropped to third, seven strokes behind, and was followed by Illinois Wesleyan, Claremont Mudd Scripps, St. John's, Gustavus Adolphus, and Emory.

Individually for Transy, Clay Hinton fired a two under par 70 and was in third place overall at 141, two under par. Ben Fister had a 71, carving three shots off his first-round score, and was at 145. Jantzen Latham's 75 put him at 147 for the tourney and Hunter Frazier had a 78 for a two day of 149. Stephen Montgomery's 75 left him at 152 for the tourney.

The field was cut to the top-15 teams for the final 36 holes. Transy, ranked No. 11 nationally heading into the event, finished second to Oglethorpe in last year's championship. The Stormy Petrals did not make the cut this year.

Southwestern's Cameron Button is the individual leader after 36 holes at 137 after a sterling 67 on Wednesday. Cheyne Kendall of Schreiner was at three under 140 after a 67 to trail by three shots. Hinton was third, in a tie with first-round leader Mike Wesko of Methodist and Brad Shigezawa of Mudd Scripps. They are tied at two under par scores of 141.

Fister is just out of the top 10, in a tie for eleventh.