Men's golf goes low; Posts top two team rounds of the season at Rose-Hulman Invite

Tony Rogers

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover men's golf team experienced its top two team scoring rounds of the season this weekend, placing fourth at the Rose-Hulman Invitational.

The 12-team field, which competed at Hulman Links GC, saw Hanover fire off rounds of 301 and 299 en route to a total score of 600. Parkland (Ill.) took the team championship after posting a 573 (286-287).

Senior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) was one of eight Panther golfers to tally a round in the 70's Saturday, tying a personal season best with a 72. The senior posted five of his team-high six birdies Saturday, which was highlighted by a back-nine 32. After an opening round 75, Rogers finished the tournament with a score of 147, a new season low, tying for ninth overall.

Back-to-back rounds of 75 tied sophomore Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) for 16th in the field of 91 golfers. Zapp tied a season low for a 36-hole event, 150, as his 18-hole scores of 75 were one off his season best round this season. Classmate Bradley Murray (Carmel, Ind.) lead the team after the opening round, shooting a 74, and a Saturday score 78 gave him a new season best for 36 holes, 152. Murray finished in a tie for 21st.

The fourth Panther to place in the top 25 was freshman Aaron Wade (Loveland, Ohio). Wade, who has now posted a top 25 finish in all four of his collegiate starts, accumulated 153 strokes (77-76) over the two days and logged both of his tournament birdies Saturday.

All five Hanover golfers competing in the team scoring posted a round in the 70's Saturday, with freshman Garrett Valentine (Elizabethtown, Ky.) firing off a 76. Valentine finished with a two-day total of 166 (90-76), tying for 65th.

Three Blue and Red athletes competing as individuals tied for 38th in senior Adam Casto (Greenfield, Ind.), junior Travis Butte (Milan, Ind.) and freshman Charlie Bullerdick (New Market, Ind.). Butte's Saturday-74 highlighted a day in which all three competitors went low.

Kalamazoo's (Mich.) Travis Veenhuis earned individual medalist honors after scoring a six-under, 134 (65-69). Kalamazoo and Vincennes (Ind.) rounded out the top three team scores.

The Panthers will look to build off their strong play when they host the Hanover Invitational at Shadowood Golf Course next Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8.

Contact: Tyler Jester