Panthers place third, Zapp fourth at HCAC Championship

Austin Zapp

DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Hanover men's golf team wrapped up the four-round Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Sunday at Eagle Rock Golf Club, placing third for the third time in the past five seasons.

Hanover entered the final day in second place but a 306 moved them back to third, where they were slotted at the conclusion in three of the four rounds. The Panthers tallied a tournament score of 1,217 (306-307-298-306), which was eight strokes behind Mount St. Joseph (1,209) for second and just under 60 strokes shy of Transylvania (1,158) for first. The Blue and Red's tournament score was its lowest in the past five seasons and just three strokes shy of tying their 2013 mark (1,214).

Sophomore Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) tied for the second lowest 36-hole score this weekend, 141, as he placed in a tie for fourth in the overall field. With his final score of 291 (77-73-68-73), Zapp earned his first all-HCAC award of his collegiate career. Over the 72-hole tournament, the sophomore led the field with 50 pars.

Zapp's classmate, Bradley Murray (Carmel, Ind.), logged his best 18-hole score of the tournament Sunday with a 74. In his first HCAC Championship, Murray placed 15th in the field of 46 golfers. The sophomore tallied a four-round total of 307 (76-79-78-74).

Senior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) concluded his collegiate career Sunday with a 79. Rogers alternated rounds of 76 and 79 throughout the entire conference invitational, placing 19th in the overall individual standings.

Also earning top 25 overall finishes in their first HCAC Championship appearances were freshmen Garrett Valentine (Elizabethtown, Ky.) and Aaron Wade (Loveland, Ohio), who concluded tournament play with an 81 and 80, respectively, on Sunday. Valentine's conference championship debut was highlighted by seven birdies over the opening two rounds. Wade also found more success during the opening weekend, where he was four strokes better. Valentine placed 21st overall, 313 (77-79-76-81), with Wade following in a tie for 23rd at 315 (79-76-80-80).

With the conclusion of the HCAC Championship, Hanover has now finished its 2017-18 season.

Contact: Tyler Jester