CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – For the first time during the 2017-18 season, the Hanover men's golf team finished atop the standings, winning the Wabash Invitational by nine strokes this past Saturday and Sunday.
The Panthers, who now have five victories in the past three seasons, led wire-to-wire at Crawfordsville Country Club. Hanover posted an opening round 310 before a Sunday-312 earned the team win at 622. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods finished second at 631, while Rose-Hulman rounded out the top three in the seven-team field with 633 strokes.
Leading the charge was freshman Aaron Wade (Loveland, Ohio), who tied a career low for a 36-hole tournament, posting a score of 151. Wade sat atop the individual leaderboard Saturday after a new career best round of 72. With a 79 on Sunday, Wade finished in tie for second overall.
Competing on the "B" team, sophomore Bradley Murray (Carmel, Ind.) posted his best outing of the 2017-18 season. Murray fired off a tournament total of 153 (79-74) en route to a fifth place finish. The sophomore's second round 74 tied a career low.
Two additional freshmen logged top 10 finishes in Garrett Valentine (Elizabethtown, Ky.) and Charlie Bullerdick (New Market, Ind.). Valentine was sixth in the field of 42 golfers after a two-day score of 155 (75-80). Bullerdick, who was competing in just his second collegiate event, finished with 158 strokes (81-77), tying for ninth place.
Also tying for ninth overall was sophomore Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.). Zapp and Bullerdick logged identical rounds this weekend, with the sophomore also going 81-77 en route to a score of 158.
Senior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior Travis Butte (Indianapolis, Ind.) registered top 15 finishes as well, placing in ties for 11th and 14th respectively. Rogers finished with a total of 159 (83-76), while Butte finished right behind at 160 (75-85).
With a second round 70, Kevin Kim of Berea (Ky.) earned medalist honors, finishing with a score of 144. Hanover posted the most top 10 finishes, earning five spots between the two squads.
The Panthers will return to action when they compete in the Guilford (N.C.) O'Briant-Jensen Memorial on Oct. 23 and 24. The tournament will be held in Greensboro, N.C. at Sedgefield Country Club.
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