Men’s golf team looks for third straight Dick Park Invitational title

Hanover golf bag

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's golf team will travel to Indianapolis, Ind. Saturday and Sunday Sept. 9-10 to participate in the Dick Park Invitational hosted by Franklin College.

Hanover opened its fall season last week and tied for 12th at the Transylvania Invitational in Lexington, Ky. The tournament featured three top 20 teams, including two in the top six, and five other teams that received votes in the Golf Coaches Association of America preseason poll. One of those top six teams was Wittenberg, the defending NCAA Division III National Champion.

Freshman Garrett Valentine (Elizabethtown, Ky.) paced the Panthers in his collegiate debut. Valentine shot a two-day score of 144 (74-70) to tie for 11th overall out of 82 competitors.

Senior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) tied for 30th to start his final season with a 149. He shot even par 72 on day one, followed by a 77 on day two of the Invitational.

This weekend's tournament will be played at The Fort Golf Resort for the second consecutive fall as the Panthers look to win their third straight Dick Park Invitational.

Last year, Hanover posted a two-round team score of 599 (297-302) to finish five strokes ahead of the host, Franklin.

Two members of this year's team placed in the top 10 a year ago. Junior Justin Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) was sixth in a field of 44 with a 149 (77-72), while Rogers tied for seventh, one stroke back, with a 150 (75-75).

The medalist honor went to Berea's (Ky.) Kevin Kim. The current senior finished with rounds of 71 and 69 for a two-day total of 140.

Contact: Mike Pritchard