HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's golf team will wrap up its 2018 fall schedule by competing in the star-studded Guilford (N.C.) O'Briant-Jensen Memorial on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22 and 23.
LINEUP: Four familiar faces will be appearing for the Panthers, including junior Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.), who has a team-best scoring average of 74.57. Sophomore Charlie Bullerdick (New Market, Ind.), along with juniors John Summerlin (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Addy Allyn (Culver, Ind.) return to the lineup as well. The trio has season scoring averages of 75.86, 77.71 and 79.25, respectively. Making his collegiate debut will be freshman Luke Van Leeuwen (Kettering, Ohio).
THE FIELD: The tournament field will consist of 16 teams, highlighted by seven squads that are currently ranked in the top 20 of the Golf Coaches Association of America national Division III poll. A trio of top five teams from last year's national championship event are in the field as well, including defending national champion No. 7 Methodist (N.C.), the host No. 6 Guildford and 2018 national runner-up No. 8 Washington & Lee (Va.). Other nationally ranked institutions include No. 2 Huntingdon (Ala.), No. 11 North Carolina Wesleyan, No. 12 Greensboro (N.C.) and No. 18 Hampden-Sydney (Va.).
THE COURSE: Competition will be held in Greensboro, N.C. at Sedgefield Country Club. The club's Ross Course is the home site for the Professional Golf Association's (PGA) Wyndham Championship each August, but this weekend's event will be held on the Dye Course. The Dye course plays just over 7,000 yards from the tips normally and is a par 70. Legendary designer, Pete Dye has stated that hole No. 12 is the "hardest par three I have ever designed." Some changes to the course may be made with the after effects of Hurricane Michael last week.
LAST TIME OUT: Hanover is coming off a record-setting performance at the Mt. St. Joseph Stateline Shootout during the opening weekend of October. The Blue and Red posted program records for a single round, 291, and 36-hole tournament score, 592, placing in a tie for second in the field of eight teams. Leading the way was Zapp, who tied his own school record with an opening round 68. The junior followed with a 74 for a tournament total of 142 and tie for second in the standings. Bullerdick also logged a top-10 finish, highlighted by a career-best round of 70.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The Panthers do have recent history at the Guilford-hosted event, including team scores in 2015 (331-335=666) and 2016 (307-311=618). Hanover did send four golfers last fall, but they all competed as individuals. The lone Blue and Red golfers to compete at Sedgefield CC are Allyn and Bullerdick, who posted scores of 162 and 171 last season.
Contact: Tyler Jester