HANOVER, Ind. – After a week off due to the weather, the Hanover men's golf team returns to action this Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, to compete in the Rose-Hulman Invitational at Hulman Links Golf Course.
THE FIELD: Earlham*, Fontbonne (Mo.), Hanover*, Judson (Ill.), Kalamazoo (Mich.), Olivet (Mich.), Parkland (Ill.), Rose-Hulman*, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.), Vincennes (Ind.), Wabash (Ind.), Westminster (Mo.)
*denotes HCAC institution
HANOVER LINE UP: Senior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.), sophomore Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.), freshman Garrett Valentine (Elizabethtown, Ky.), freshman Aaron Wade (Loveland, Ohio), Sophomore Bradley Murray (Carmel, Ind.), junior Justin Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.)*, sophomore John Summerlin (Indianapolis, Ind.)*, junior Travis Butte (Milan, Ind.)*, freshman Charlie Bullerdick (New Market, Ind.)*, senior Adam Casto (Greenfield, Ind.)*, sophomore Addy Allyn (Culver, Ind.)*
*denotes playing as an individual
LAST TIME OUT: In Hanover's spring opener, Rogers paced the Panthers with a three-round score of 240 (80-84-76) at the TaylorMade Intercollegiate, placing in a tie for 29th. Zapp also fired off a third-round score in the 70's en route to the second best tournament total for the team, 250. Hanover placed 13th as a team with a score of 988 (320-344-324).
EXPERIENCE AT HULMAN LINKS: Unlike their spring opener, which took place in South Carolina, the Blue and Red will have familiarity with the tournament course this weekend. The Panthers have also enjoyed success at the Hulman Links, placing fourth out of 15 teams in last year's Rose-Hulman Invitational. Rogers is one of six returning athletes to compete in the event again this spring, as he tied for seventh in 2017 with a 36-hole score of 150 (76-74). Smith (t-12), Zapp (t-18) and Murray (t-25) all added top 25 finishes as well last season.
FROSH GOING LOW: The freshmen duo of Wade and Valentine have shown the ability to go low and lead the team in their debut campaigns. In just six rounds of action, Wade has a team-best scoring average of 76.33 and finished no worse than 22nd in all three of his fall events, accumulating a 187-38 (.831) relative individual record. Valentine has two of the five lowest individual rounds for HC this season, 70 and 74, as his season scoring average is at 80.09.
UP NEXT: The Panthers will return to action for the second straight weekend, as they host the Hanover Invitational in Seymour, Ind., at Shadowood Golf Course. The two-day event will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8.
Contact: Tyler Jester