HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's golf team will open the 2018-19 season this weekend, so to celebrate we have released our season preview on the returning athletes this fall.
The 2017-18 campaign saw the Panthers produce another top three finish at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship, the program's fifth in the past nine seasons. Hanover won the Wabash Fall Invitational last season, while also logging a second-place finish at its home invitational. Overall, HC finished in the top half of the team standings in six-of-nine scoring events.
The Blue and Red will be under new leadership this fall though, as Brandon Tereshko takes over for long-time Hanover coach and supporter, Wayne Perry. Tereshko will return eight golfers from the 2017-18 roster.
Hanover does have the luxury of returning its top scoring average golfer from last year in junior Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.). As a sophomore, Zapp paced the Panthers with a 76.62 scoring average, while also logging a trio of top 10 finishes. Included in his stellar performances were a third-place finish at the Hanover Invitational and a fourth-place mark at the HCAC Championship, an effort that earned him all-conference accolades. Zapp also had one of HC's three rounds of par or better last season, which came in the third round of the conference championship, where he finished with a minus-two, 68.
Sophomore Aaron Wade (Loveland, Ohio) will be the Panthers second leading scorer that is returning this fall, as he posted an 18-hole average of 77.69 last year. Wade's first campaign with the Blue and Red was highlighted by a second-place finish at the Wabash Invite, which included one of his two season rounds of 72.
Junior Bradley Murray (Carmel, Ind.) and sophomore Garrett Valentine (Elizabethtown, Ky.) will look to provide scoring depth for HC this season as well. Murray entered eight events last season, posting a scoring average of 79.42, while also producing a top-15 finish at the conference meet. Valentine concluded his opening stint with a 79.67 average, as he recorded the lowest 36-hole tournament score of the year for the Panthers, 144, which came in his collegiate debut at the Transylvania Invitational.
Senior Travis Butte (Milan, Ind.), along with additional returners and a group of four newcomers will look to make an impact also. The entire 2018-19 roster can be found at the link above.
Hanover is scheduled to open the season this weekend, Sept. 1 and 2, at the Transylvania Invitational.
Contact: Tyler Jester