BEAUFORT, S.C. – Behind a third-round 76, senior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) paced the Panthers in scoring, as the Hanover men's golf team placed 13th at the TaylorMade Intercollegiate.
The Ohio Wesleyan-hosted event, covering three rounds in two days, featured multiple teams ranked inside the top 40 in NCAA Division III, as well as one NCAA Division II institution. Hanover posted its best round of the tournament in the opening 18 holes, 320. The Blue and Red finished with team totals of 344 and 324 for an event score of 988.
Rogers had a birdie and HC's lone eagle of the tournament Tuesday en route to posting the squad's lowest 18-hole score of the event. The senior would go 80-84-76 (240) en route to a tie for 29th place in the field of 97.
Sophomore Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) also logged a round in the 80's Tuesday, jumping up five spots to place 60th overall. With a pair of front-nine 38's, Zapp posted rounds of 85, 86 and 79 for a tournament total of 250.
Following close behind was sophomore Bradley Murray (Carmel, Ind.) and junior Travis Butte (Milan, Ind.) with scores of 252 (77-90-85) and 253 (85-84-84), respectively. The tandem combined for seven birdies in three rounds and Murray's opening-18 of 77 was a team low Monday morning.
Rounding out the scoring for HC was freshman Garrett Valentine (Elizabethtown, Ky.). Valentine got off to a hot start in the opening round, rallying for three birdies in a five hole stretch Monday morning en route to a team-high seven birdies for the tournament. The freshman finished with 265 strokes (78-99-88) in his spring debut.
No. 15 Greensboro (N.C.) had three players finish in the top 10 individually, as its team total of 920 (297-322-301) was good enough for the team championship by one stroke over Kenyon (Ohio). The Pride's Levi Grogan took home medalist honors with a three-round total of 221 (70-78-73).
Hanover will now turn its attention to the Mt. St. Joseph (Ohio) Spring Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25.
Contact: Tyler Jester