HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's golf team will conclude play at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship this weekend, May 5 and 6, in Defiance, Ohio.
The Panthers and the other eight conference institutions will tee it up at Eagle Rock Golf Club, a course most schools are familiar with after competing in the Yellow Jacket Invitational two weeks ago.
FIRST WEEKEND WRAP UP: All five Hanover golfers from the opening weekend carded two rounds in the 70s, logging an average 18-hole score of 77.1. Hanover's individual scoring average for the first two rounds of the HCAC Championship was four strokes lower than the overall tournament average. All five HC golfers are also among the top 18 on the individual leaderboard.
With the success, Hanover sits in third place with a score of 613 (306-307). Transylvania used a pair of sub-300 rounds to earn the top spot at the midway point, 598 (292-296). Mount St. Joseph is in second place with a two-round score of 611 (306-305). Rounding out the rest of the field is Franklin (626), Rose-Hulman (628), Earlham (632), Defiance (633), Manchester (681) and Bluffton (714).
ZAPPING THE COMPETITION: Sophomore Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) is in sole possession of fifth place heading into the final weekend of the event. Zapp's second-round 73 last Sunday was the best 18-hole score for HC thus far at the HCAC meet and tied a personal season low. The sophomore is currently tied for first in the field in total pars, 23, and par three scoring average, 3.13.
RETURNING TO EAGLE ROCK: As previously mentioned, the Panthers, among other HCAC squads, will be making their second trip to Eagle Rock Golf Club over the past three weeks. The trek back to Defiance, Ohio could mean good things for Hanover, as the team posted its second lowest 36-hole score of the season at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, 605. The Blue and Red turned in team rounds of 297 and 308, with the first 18-hole score being the lowest for the group this season.
Senior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.), who is currently in the midst of his fourth and final HCAC Championship, led the way for HC at the Yellow Jacket Invite, placing tied for ninth with a score of 147 (74-73). Overall, Hanover had five rounds of 75 or lower during its first trip to Eagle Rock GC. Freshman Aaron Wade (Loveland, Ohio) had the team's best scoring round, posting an opening-18 card of 72.
Contact: Tyler Jester