CLAYTON, Ind. – For the second straight tournament, sophomore Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) led the way for the Hanover men's golf team, as the Panthers competed in the DePauw Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic this past Saturday and Sunday.
After opening the tournament with a first-round 76, Zapp tied a career low Sunday, firing off a 74, to move up seven spots into a tie for 18th overall. His tournament total of 150 set a new personal best in a 36-hole event.
Freshman Aaron Wade (Loveland, Ohio) followed up a 17th place finish in his collegiate debut two weeks ago with another top 25 finish this weekend. Wade tied for the lowest round by a Panther with a 74 Saturday, before finishing the tournament with 151 strokes. The freshman tied for 22nd in the field of 80 golfers.
Three additional Panthers posted back-to-back sub-80 rounds this weekend, including senior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.). With a score of 155 (78-77), Rogers placed in a tie for 44th overall.
Freshman Garrett Valentine (Elizabethtown, Ky.) and sophomore Bradley Murray (Carmel, Ind.)shot 157 (78-79) and 158 (78-80) respectively, tying for 47th and 53rd overall. Junior Justin Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) also tied for 53rd place after a pair of 79's.
In the field of 17 teams, Hanover's two groupings finished 10th and 13th respectively. The Panthers' "A" squad finished with a two-day total of 620 (311-309).
Kenyon (Ohio) earned the top team spot after two sub-300 rounds led to a 587-stroke total. Mikel Merker of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) recorded a 141 (70-71) en route to medalist honors.
Hanover will return to action Tuesday, Oct. 3, when the team competes in the one-day Oakland City (Ind.) Fall Invitational.
Contact: Tyler Jester