Men's golf preps for HCAC Championship with trip to Defiance

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HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's golf team will look to fine-tune its swings while also getting the lay of the land in its final pre-HCAC Championship preparations at the Yellow Jacket Invitational this weekend.

PANTHER LINEUP: Tony Rogers, Austin Zapp, Garrett Valentine, Aaron Wade, Charlie Bullerdick, Travis Butte*, Adam Casto*, Bradley Murray*

*denotes competing as an individual

THE FIELD: Columbus State C.C. (Ohio), Defiance (Ohio)*, Earlham (Ind.)*, Franklin (Ind.)*, Hanover*, Heidelberg (Ohio), Manchester (Ind.)*, Mt. St. Joseph (Ohio)*, Ohio Northern, Tiffin (Ohio), Transylvania (Ky.)*, Trine (Ind.), Wooster (Ohio)

FIRST COURSE LOOK: The host, Defiance College, will welcome teams to Eagle Rock Golf Club, which will be the site of the third and fourth rounds of the HCAC Championship in two weeks, May 5 and 6. In recent years, Hanover has competed on courses in early April that will be a part of the HCAC Tournament later in the spring. As a team, the Blue and Red have not seen Eagle Rock Golf Club in recent memory, proving the importance this weekend will have.

ZAPPING THE COMPETITION: Sophomore Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) continued his strong spring with a solid outing in Hanover's last official appearance, the Hanover Invitational, back on April 7 and 8. Zapp placed third overall at the home invite, firing off rounds of 75 and 73 en route to being named HCAC Golfer of the Week. The sophomore has competed in seven of the team's eight events this season and is tied for second on the squad in scoring average, 77.80.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP: The Panthers have been led all season long by senior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.), who has a team-best scoring average of 77.40. Rogers has produced back-to-back top-10 finishes heading into this weekend and has shot 75 or lower in three of the last four rounds.

Classmate Adam Casto (Greenfield, Ind.) debuted this spring and has produced final rounds of 76 and 78 in his two tournaments this season. Casto is coming off a t-17 performance at the Hanover Invite and is averaging 79.25 strokes per 18 holes this spring.

HANOVER, FRANKLIN RENEW RIVALRY: After finishing one-two at the Hanover Invitational earlier this month, Hanover and Franklin met up again this past Sunday to compete in a head-to-head match and stoke play competition. The Grizzlies rallied from an early 4-3 deficit in the match play, taking the final four matches to finish, 1-up, to earn a 7-4 decision. The Panthers though, behind a 73 from Rogers, won the stroke-play portion of the competition, 301 to 303. Sophomore John Summerlin (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Aaron Wade (Loveland, Ohio) each shot 75 to help earn the team victory.

UP NEXT: The Panthers will return to action next weekend, April 28 and 29, as they compete in the HCAC Championship first and second rounds at the Fort Golf Resort in Indianapolis. The final two rounds will then take place the following weekend at Eagle Rock Golf Club.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu