Men's golf enjoys season-best round, places fourth at Yellow Jacket Invitational

Tony Rogers

DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Hanover men's golf team posted its best team round of the season, 297, to highlight its weekend at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, hosted by Defiance College at Eagle Rock Golf Club.

The Panthers experienced their lowest team round of the season Saturday behind a trio of rounds 75 or lower, led by freshman Aaron Wade (Loveland, Ohio) with a 72. Hanover was in third place following the first round of play. A Sunday-308 gave HC a total of 605 strokes, good enough for fourth in the field of 17 teams. The Blue and Red have now posted team scores lower than 310 in five of their past six rounds.

Wade was tied for eighth after Day One before falling back into a tie for 19th with a second-round 78 giving him a tournament score of 150. Also tying for 19th was sophomore Bradley Murray (Carmel, Ind.), who competed as an individual. Murray's second round 73 allowed him to jump 21 spots in the standings from Day One to Day Two.

Senior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) logged his third straight top-10 finish, placing in a tie for ninth at the Yellow Jacket Invite. Rogers used rounds of 74 and 73 to tie a season-best 36-hole score of 147.

Murray, Wade and junior Travis Butte (Milan, Ind.) also posted season-best scores for a 36-hole event. Butte, competing as an individual, placed 31st with a total of 153 (77-76). Rounds of 75 and 76 from sophomore Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) placed him in a tie for 22nd in the field of 100 golfers.

Four of the top five teams in the standings were Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference institutions, including Mt. St. Joseph, who took the top spot with a score of 584 (286-298). Ohio Northern had the top individual golfer, Zach Goodchild, who fired off rounds of 67 and 74 for a final total of 141.

The Panthers will now turn their attention to the opening two rounds of the HCAC Championship, which will be played at The Fort Golf Resort in Indianapolis on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29. The winner of the HCAC Tournament will receive the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III National Championship in mid-May.

Contact: Tyler Jester