Panthers place second in Battle at Belterra

John Summerlin

FLORENCE, Ind. – The Hanover men's golf team had all six of its golfers inside the top half of the field en route to a second-place showing at its home tournament, the Battle at Belterra, on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7.

The Panthers posted rounds of 302 and 309, totaling 611 strokes over the two-day, 36-hole event. Hanover's opening round score was its fifth lowest, relative to par, this season.

Leading the way for HC was junior Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.), who placed tied for fourth in the field of 41 golfers. Zapp logged rounds of 76 and 72, recording a tournament total of 148. The junior led the field in par three scoring, minus-three (-3), and was second in par five scoring, minus-two (-2), and birdies, seven. Four of his birdies came on the back nine Sunday.

Competing as an individual, junior John Summerlin (Indianapolis, Ind.) had a season-low, 36-hole score of 150 after consecutive rounds of 75. Summerlin led the team in par four average, 4.23, and was second in the field with 24 pars. The junior finished sixth overall.

Freshman Luke Van Leeuwen (Kettering, Ohio) and sophomore Charlie Bullerdick (New Market, Ind.) tied for 12th and 14th, respectively. Van Leeuwen went 74-80 en route to a 154, while Bullderick totaled 156 strokes (79-77). Both players tallied four birdies in the tournament.

Rounding out the scoring for the Blue and Red were freshman Caleb Lung (Nappanee, Ind.) and junior Addy Allyn (Culver, Ind.). Lung shot a 157 behind an opening round 74, while Allyn shot 78 in Round One before finishing with a score of 158. Both players had five birdies, tying for fifth most in the tournament.

Hanover will now look to continue its championship reign in the Big Four Classic. The one-day event against Butler, DePauw and Wabash last took place in 2017, which the Panthers won by four strokes over the Division I Bulldogs. The 2019 edition will be Tuesday, April 9, at Crooked Stick Golf Club.

Contact: Tyler Jester