LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Hanover men's golf team opened its 2018-19 season this past weekend, Sept. 1 and 2, at the Transylvania Fall Invitational.
Hanover was led by sophomore Garrett Valentine Elizabethtown, Ky.), who posted a career collegiate low, 54-hole score of 224 (75-72-77). Valentine, who tied for 31st overall, posted seven birdies and one eagle in the two-day tournament. In two career entries at the Transylvania Fall Invite, Valentine now has a scoring average of 73.6.
Pacing the Panthers in birdies with 10 was sophomore Charlie Bullerdick (New Market, Ind.). The sophomore performed his best on the front nine, averaging a 35.7 over three tries. With a 74 in round three, Bullerdick tied his collegiate-best round.
Junior Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) got off to a strong start with a 74 and 75 in rounds one and two, respectively, but faded late Sunday with an 81. The junior logged five birdies, to go along with 32 pars over 54 holes.
Rounding out the team scoring lineup were junior Bradley Murray (Carmel, Ind.) and sophomore Aaron Wade (Loveland, Ohio), who logged rounds of 76 and 79, respectively, to highlight their play. Junior John Summerlin (Indianapolis, Ind.) also competed as an individual, as he logged a trio of sub-80 rounds, including a career-best 76 Sunday.
As a team, Hanover placed 13th in the field of 17. The Panthers recorded a score of 921 (310-300-311). The squad's second round total of 300 would have been a top 10 round, relative to par, last season.
With two golfers among the top three in the individual standings, Wittenberg (Ohio) won the team championship with a score of 856 (289-286-281). Husson's (Maine) Gavin Dugas took medalist honors with a three-round total of 210 (70-72-68).
Hanover will return to action the last weekend of September, the 29th and 30th, at the DePauw-hosted Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic.
Contact: Tyler Jester