CENTERVILLE, Ohio – The Hanover men's golf team opened its 2019 spring slate this past Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, at the Mount St. Joseph Spring Invitational.
The Panthers were led by top 15 finishes from junior Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) and freshman Caleb Lung (Nappanee, Ind.). Overall, the team placed in a tie for fifth with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) with a 36-hole score of 626.
The Panthers opened with a first round total of 312, which was good enough for third-best in the field of 13 teams. Hanover's second round 314 dropped the team back two spots in the final standings.
Zapp led the Panthers, tying for sixth with a score of 151 (77-74). The junior moved up four spots with his Sunday-74, a round he recorded 16 of his tournament-high 29 pars in. Zapp also paced the Panthers in par four scoring average at 4.30.
Lung's top collegiate performance came at the Golf Club at Yankee Trace, as he tied for 11th in the field of 88 golfers. The freshman improved by two strokes in his second collegiate outing, firing off back-to-back rounds of 77 (154). Lung led the team with six birdies, four of which came on the back nine, where he averaged a 38 for the tournament.
Freshman Luke Van Leeuwen (Kettering, Ohio) also competed in his second career tournament at Hanover, also improving by two strokes from his first appearance. Van Leeuwen went 79-84 en route to a tournament score of 163 and a tie for 38th.
Tying for 24th with consecutive rounds of 79 (158) was sophomore Charlie Bullerdick (New Market, Ind.). Bullderdick tied for the team's best performance on par threes, going plus-one. The sophomore also accumulated four birdies, three of which came in the opening round.
Juniors John Summerlin (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Addy Allyn (Culver, Ind.), along with sophomore Garrett Valentine (Elizabethtown, Ky.) rounded out the scoring for Hanover. Summerlin was the fifth member of the team scoring, as he tied for 45th at 165 (81-84). The junior was one-under through his first three holes after recording one of his three first round birdies on the par-five 12th.
Allyn and Valentine were both listed as individual competitors this weekend. The junior shot a 163 (82-81), tying for 38th, while the sophomore recorded a two-day score of 167 (80-87), tying for 51st.
Earlham improved by 14 strokes from the first to second round, rallying to finish with a tournament-best score of 613 (313-300). Trine (Ind.), 615, Otterbein (Ohio), 616, and North Central (Ill.), 622, rounded out the top four teams on the leaderboard. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods junior, Colton Kuppler, led throughout after posting rounds of 71 and 73 for an individual medalist score of 144.
The Panthers will return to action again next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31, for the Rose-Hulman Spring Invitational. Competition will take place in Terre Haute, Ind. at Hulman Links Golf Course.
Contact: Tyler Jester