Zapp leads Panthers at Dick Park Invite

Austin Zapp begins back swing

INDIANAPOLIS – After winning the Franklin Dick Park Invitational each of the last two years, the Hanover men's golf team was forced to settle for a fifth place finish this past weekend.

The Panthers, who now have back-to-back top five finishes to start the 2017-18 season, finished with a tournament score of 630 (314-316). Transylvania (Ky.) took the top team spot with a two-round total of 606.

With the first round being called late due to darkness Saturday, some players were forced to finish the opening round Sunday morning before heading back out for the final 18 holes in the afternoon. Players were fighting darkness again as they wrapped play Sunday evening.

Sophomore Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) led the way for HC, as he placed in a tie for 11th overall. Zapp posted his best collegiate 36-hole score, 153 (77-76), as he tied for the team high in birdies with five. The sophomore also led the team in par three scoring average, 3.25, and finished the par fives at even.

Also recording five birdies on the weekend was senior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.). Rogers was in a tie for seventh after an opening round 75, but a Sunday-80 moved him into a tie for 13th. The senior led the "A" team with 19 pars.

In his collegiate debut, freshman Aaron Wade (Loveland, Ohio) finished in a tie for 17th after tallying a tournament total of 156 (79-77). Wade, who was competing on the "B" team, led all Hanover participants in par five scoring average at 4.75. He also had 22 pars, the most of any Panther golfer.

Freshman Garrett Valentine (Elizabethtown, Ky.) followed up a top 15 performance last week with a tie for 31st placement this weekend. Valentine fired off a two-round score of 160 (82-78), as he tied for the team-best par four scoring average, 4.25.

Also logging a 4.25 par four scoring average was sophomore John Summerlin (Indianapolis, Ind.). Summerlin, who competed on the "B" team, finished 34th overall with a 161 (81-80).

Juniors Justin Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Travis Butte (Milan, Ind.) also finished in the top half of the 80-golfer field, posting scores of 162 (80-82) and 164 (82-82) respectively.

Hanover will continue its fall season Sept. 23 and 24, when the team competes in the DePauw (Ind.) Dan Quayle Classic.

Contact: Tyler Jester