Zapp fires 68 to move into second at HCAC Championship; Panthers also vault to second after Round Three

Austin Zapp

DEFIANCE, Ohio – Sophomore Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) continued his ascend up the leaderboard as he assisted the Panthers in a vault to second place in the team standings during the third round of the HCAC Championship Saturday.

Zapp carded his best 18-hole score of his collegiate career, 68, as he at least tied for the round lead in par four (-2) and par five scoring (-1). The sophomore logged the only sub-70 round at Eagle Rock Golf Club Saturday, which included four birdies. Zapp is currently tied for second in the overall standings and is six strokes back from first heading into Sunday's final round.

The Panthers notched their second best team round of the season, posting a 298. With the round, HC moved up a slot in the team standings and hold a three-stroke advantage over Mt. St. Joseph for second. Transylvania though, holds a 37-stroke lead over the Blue and Red with 18 holes remaining. Overall, Hanover has a three-round score of 911 (306-307-298).

Senior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) tied for the 11th best round Saturday and is tied for 11th in the overall standings as well with a score of 231. Rogers matched his first round score with a 76 Saturday. The senior posted three birdies, including two on his front-nine 35.

Also turning in a card of 76 Saturday was freshman Garrett Valentine (Elizabethtown, Ky.). Valentine tied Zapp for the team high with 12 pars during the third round.

Rounding out the Hanover scoring was sophomore Bradley Murray (Carmel, Ind.) and freshman Aaron Wade (Loveland, Ohio). Both golfers are among the top 21 in the overall standings, with tournament scores of 233 (76-79-78) and 235 (79-76-80). Murray also recorded four birdies in the third round and was one-under through 10 holes before fading late.

The four-round event will come to a conclusion Sunday, May 6, when the nine teams return to Eagle Rock Golf Club in Defiance, Ohio. Hanover will tee off in the final five pairings with Transylvania and Mt. St. Joseph, beginning at 9:40 a.m., one hour earlier than originally scheduled due to Sunday's predicted forecast.

Contact: Tyler Jester