HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's golf team will host its annual spring invitational this weekend in Florence, Ind., at the Belterra Casino Resort Golf Club.
SETTING THE SCENE: The Panthers will welcome five additional schools for the two-day, 36-hole "Battle at Belterra," which will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7. The teams will use tee times beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, and a 9 a.m. shotgun start Sunday.
COMPETITION: Hanover will be one of three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference institutions in attendance this weekend, as they are joined by Franklin and Manchester. Fontbonne (Mo.) and North Central (Ill.) will also make the trip as NCAA Division III institutions, while Governors State (Ill.) will be the lone NAIA school in the field. The Blue and Red have the second-best national ranking amongst Division III schools schedule to compete, trailing only Franklin.
HANOVER LINEUP: (SEASON/CAREER STATS)
|No.||Name||Year||Scoring Average||Hometown / High School|
|1||Caleb Lung||Freshman||77.50||Nappanee, Ind. / NorthWood|
|2||Austin Zapp||Junior||75.73||Union, Ky. / Ryle|
|3||Charlie Bullerdick||Sophomore||76.45||New Market, Ind. / Southmont|
|4||Addy Allyn||Junior||81.63||Culver, Ind. / Culver Academy|
|5||Luke Van Leeuwen||Freshman||82.00||Kettering, Ohio / Kettering|
|IND||John Summerlin||Junior||78.27||Indianapolis, Ind. / Bishop Chatard|
THE COURSE: A Tom Fazio design, the Belterra Golf Club has been ranked a top 20 casino golf course in the United States by GolfWeek. Winding through lakes and trekking over rolling hills, the par 71 course is set to play at 6,596 yards this weekend.
LAST TIME OUT: Last weekend's Rose-Hulman Invitational was cancelled due to weather, giving the Panthers just one outing this spring, which came back on March 23 and 24 at the Mt. St. Joseph Invite. Hanover's 2019 spring opener saw the team place in a tie for fifth in a field of 13 teams. The Panthers posted team rounds of 312 and 314 for a total of 626. Austin Zapp led the way, tying for sixth place with a score of 151 (77-74). Caleb Lung (154) and Luke Van Leeuwen (163) each recorded their best performances in their brief collegiate careers, tying for 11th and 38th respectively.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: Hanover has placed second in each of the last two home invitationals, which have taken place at Shadowood Golf Course, in Seymour, Ind., in the past. The Panthers placed second out of six teams a year ago with a score of 618 (311-307). Austin Zapp led the way with a third-place showing, 148 (75-73). Charlie Bullerdick (T5), John Summerlin (T13) and Addy Allyn (T23) all placed in the top half of the field as well. Zapp has two top 15 finishes at the home event, while Summerlin has two top 20 performances.
UP NEXT: Hanover will next compete in the Big Four Classic on Tuesday, April 9. The one-day tournament will have the Panthers enter Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. as the defending champion. The Blue and Red defeated Butler, DePauw and Wabash in 2017 and 2018's event was cancelled.
Contact: Tyler Jester