Men's golf travels to Crooked Stick Tuesday for Big Four Classic

Addy Allyn

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's golf team will hope to keep the Big Four Classic trophy residing in Hanover for a third year as they compete in the one-day event Tuesday, April 9.

SETTING THE SCENE: The Panthers, the 2017 Big Four Classic champions, will look to defend their title for the first time since winning it when tee times begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, in Carmel, Ind., at Crooked Stick Golf Club. The 2018 edition of the tournament was cancelled due to weather.

COMPETITION: Hanover will be joined by NCAA Division I Butler, as well fellow Division III institutions DePauw and Wabash on Tuesday. The Blue and Red (121) are currently the second highest ranked Division III team in the latest edition of the national GolfStat rankings. DePauw and Wabash are ranked No. 70 and 197, respectively. Butler comes in at No. 203 in the Division I rankings.


No. Name Year Scoring Average Hometown / High School
1 Caleb Lung Freshman 77.83 Nappanee, Ind. / NorthWood
2 Charlie Bullerdick Sophomore 76.69 New Market, Ind. / Southmont
3 John Summerlin Junior 77.77 Indianapolis, Ind. / Bishop Chatard
4 Luke Van Leeuwen Freshman 80.33 Kettering, Ohio / Kettering
5 Addy Allyn Junior 81.10 Culver, Ind. / Culver Academy


THE COURSE: One of the first Pete Dye designed golf courses, Crooked Stick has been home to several major golf tournaments. The course has hosted the U.S. Senior Open and the PGA Tour's BMW Championship twice in the past decade. The U.S. Women's Amateur (2007) and Solheim Cup (2005) have also been played on the course. Possibly the most notable tournament, the PGA Championship, occurred in Carmel, Ind. in 1991.

No consecutive holes are laid out in the same direction, nor call for the same approach. One may find themselves going from a right-to-left flight with the wind, only for the opposite to be played on the next hole. The course is designed to test a player's "poise, courage and intelligence, as well as his or her skill," according to Pete and Alice Dye.

LAST TIME OUT: The Panthers are currently in the middle of their busiest stretch of the spring, competing in the second tournament in a two-week stretch. Hanover placed second out of eight teams this past weekend at its home invitational, the Battle at Belterra, at the Belterra Casino Golf Club. The Blue and Red shot a 36-hole score of 611 (302-311) to place just two strokes behind Franklin for the top spot. Austin Zapp led the way, tying for fourth in the field of 41 with a score of 148 (76-72). John Summerlin competed as an individual and added another top 10 finish for HC at 150 (75-75).

TOURNAMENT HISTORY: Since 2010, Butler has claimed the team title five times, while DePauw has twice and Hanover once. The Panthers' first-place finish in 2017 was its first inside the top two since back-to-back second place finishes in 2011 and 2012. All five Blue and Red golfers in 2019 will be making their Big Four Classic debuts. Then-senior, Tony Rogers, won medalist honors at the 2017 tournament with an even-par, 72.

UP NEXT: Hanover will close out its conference championship prep with the two-day Small College Championship, hosted by Franklin College. The event will take place in French Lick, Ind., at the Donald Ross Course, on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14.

Contact: Tyler Jester