Panthers place second, Zapp third at Hanover Invitational

Austin Zapp

SEYMOUR, Ind. – The Hanover men's golf team continued its recent stretch of solid play, placing second in its home invitational, hosted at Shadowood Golf Course.

The two-day, 36-hole event saw Hanover post team rounds of 311 and 307 for a total of 618. The 307 was the lowest round by any team for the weekend as the Panthers fell one stroke shy of tying for the team championship with Franklin.

Even with the strong effort by the golfers competing for the team scoring Sunday, the Panther individuals stole the show, as all six competitors shot in the 70s, accumulating what would have been a 297-team total. A trio of individual golfers fired off a 74 Sunday, including freshman Charlie Bullerdick (New Market, Ind.) and junior Justin Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.), who both posted top 10 finishes. Sophomore Addy Allyn (Culver, Ind.) also turned in a season-best scorecard of 74 Sunday.

Bullerdick used a first-round 79 to tie for fifth overall with a season-low score of 153. The freshman led the squad with 24 pars. Also tying for fifth with rounds of 80 and 73 was classmate Garrett Valentine (Elizabethtown, Ky.).

Pacing the Panthers this weekend was sophomore Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.), who fired off rounds of 75 and 73, good enough for a 148 total and sole possession of third place. The sophomore logged his best 36-hole score in a tournament that he at least tied for the team best in par three (3.20), par four (4.25) and par five (4.80) scoring averages. Four birdies Sunday also helped engineer his lowest round of the season.

Senior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) used a Saturday-74 to earn his second straight top 10 finish. Rogers, fresh off being named HCAC Golfer of the Week, posted all three of his tournament birdies during the opening round and accumulated 22 pars over 36 holes.

Four other individual Hanover golfers posted top 20 finishes in the field of 49, including junior Travis Butte (Milan, Ind.) and sophomore John Summerlin (Indianapolis, Ind.), who placed 12th and 13th overall with scores of 157 and 159, respectively. Butte led the team with seven birdies, including four during his Sunday round of 75.

The overall tournament round average was down 1.51 strokes Sunday, thanks in large part to Hanover's performance and the efforts of tournament medalist Hiromitsu Washizu of North Central (Ill.). Washizu fired off a 69 Sunday en route to an even-par, 144 tournament score.

With a few cancellations already in the books, the Panthers are next scheduled to compete in tournament play at the Defiance Yellow Jacket Invitational Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22. The tournament will take place in Defiance, Ohio at Eagle Rock Golf Club.

Contact: Tyler Jester