Hanover men head to Ohio for MSJ Stateline Shootout

Addy Allyn

HANOVER, Ind. – The men's golf team will continue its fall season this weekend, Oct. 6 and 7, at the Mt. St. Joseph Stateline Shootout.

LINEUP: The Panthers will return five of their six golfers from last weekend's tournament at DePauw. Highlighting the lineup this weekend is junior Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.), who is second on the squad in season scoring average, 76.00. Sophomore Charlie Bullerdick (New Market, Ind.), 76.80, and junior John Summerlin (Indianapolis, Ind.), 77.00, are also among the top four on the team scoring list this fall and will be in action at MSJ. Rounding out the lineup are junior Addy Allyn (Culver, Ind.) and freshman Brandon Bishop (Loveland, Ohio).

THE FIELD: Eight total teams will compete in Oxford, Ohio this weekend, including six Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference institutions. Hanover will be paired with conference foes, Anderson and Franklin, during the opening round Saturday. Other schools in attendance include Berea (Ky.), Bluffton, Earlham, MSJ and Thomas More (Ky.).

THE COURSE: The 36-hole event is slated to be held in Oxford, Ohio at Indian Ridge Golf Club. Spanning over 7,000 yards, Indian Ridge is a par 72 course. Water will be in play throughout the day, as 11 holes, including eight on the front side, have a lake or stream surrounding or cutting through them. The course has also been named by Golf Advisor as a top 25 national pick for best value.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY: This will mark Hanover's first trip to the Stateline Shootout, but the Panthers have appeared in numerous fall and spring tournaments hosted by the Lions. In its last appearance at an MSJ-hosted event, spring 2017, the Blue and Red placed third out of 14 teams with a score of 643. Hanover also placed third at an MSJ tournament in the fall of 2016, which was highlighted by Summerlin's top 10 finish. This will be the first time HC has appeared at an MSJ tournament at Indian Ridge.

LAST TIME OUT: The Panthers are coming off a sixth place finish at the DePauw (Ind.) Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic last weekend. Hanover logged rounds of 311 and 300 for a season-best tournament score of 611. Zapp paced the Panthers with a score of 150 (76-74), placing 12th overall. Summerlin and Allyn each logged career-best, 36-hole scores with totals of 152 (77-75) and 157 (76-81), respectively.

UP NEXT: Hanover will break for a week before completing its fall slate with the Guilford (N.C.) O'Briant-Jensen Memorial. The Panthers are set to appear in Greensboro, N.C., at Sedgefield Country Club, on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22 and 23.

Contact: Tyler Jester