GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Hanover men's golf team concluded its fall season by competing in the Guilford-hosted O'Briant Jensen Memorial on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22 and 23.
In a field littered with nationally ranked teams and individuals, the Panthers placed 15th out of 18 teams, logging a 36-hole score of 629 (314-315). Hanover was in 11th after the opening round but was unable to take advantage of more favorable conditions on Day Two, as the individual scoring average dropped over 1.5 strokes from Monday to Tuesday.
Leading the way for HC were junior John Summerlin (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Charlie Bullerdick (New Market, Ind.), who tied for 38th with scores of 152. The two also combined for the Blue and Red's only three rounds under the overall tournament average of 77.94.
For the second time in three outings, Summerlin posted a 36-hole score of 152, which is his career-low at Hanover. The junior tied for the team lead in birdies with four, including three on Day One and two in his first four tournament holes. Summerlin would finish with identical rounds of 76 at Sedgefield Country Club's Dye Course.
Bullerdick started the event strong with a three-over 74 on Monday, before finishing with a 78 on Tuesday. The sophomore also posted four birdies, two each day, and was among the tournament leaders in par four scoring at plus-three (4.14).
Rounding out the scoring for Hanover were junior Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.), freshman Luke Van Leeuwen (Kettering, Ohio) and junior Addy Allyn (Culver, Ind.) with scores of 160, 165 and 173, respectively. Zapp was the lone member of the triad to record a sub-80 round, as he went for a 79 on Monday.
Van Leeuwen bounced back from his collegiate debut round Monday, 85, by improving by five strokes in the second round. Allyn's appearance was highlighted by three birdies, including two during his Tuesday-81.
The host Quakers took the team trophy in a field of seven nationally-ranked schools, posting a score of 568 (287-281). Huntingdon's (Ala.) Drew Mathers used back-to-back rounds of 69 to earn medalist honors with a total of 138.
Hanover will return to action in the spring of 2019, for what is considered its main season since that is when the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship takes place. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a spring schedule update.
Contact: Tyler Jester