CARMEL, Ind. – Hanover College men's golf freshman, Luke Van Leeuwen (Kettering, Ohio), tied for second at the Big Four Classic Tuesday afternoon.
Van Leeuwen shot a 75 to place among the top two scores in the field of 23 golfers from Hanover, DePauw, Wabash and NCAA Division I Butler. The Panthers finished with an 18-hole score of 321 to outlast DePauw and Wabash for the top Division III spot, but fell short of defending its overall title, as the Bulldogs carded a 299.
The freshman tied for the tournament lead in par three scoring (E) and was second in the field in total pars with 12. Van Leeuwen tallied eight of his pars on the front nine where he shot 38. He was one stroke better on the back nine, 37, which included both of his birdies.
Classmate Caleb Lung (Nappanee, Ind.) also had two birdies Tuesday, as he placed inside the top 10 with a score of 80. Lung was minus-one on the par five's, which is where both of his birdies came.
Junior Addy Allyn (Culver, Ind.) and sophomore Charlie Bullerdick (New Market, Ind.) tied for 12th with rounds of 83. Both golfers had one birdie and logged eight pars apiece. Bullerdick was also among the tournament leaders in par-five scoring at even par. Rounding out Hanover's day was junior John Summerlin (Indianapolis, Ind.), who had seven pars en route to an 85.
Butler had three finishers inside the top five, including tournament medalist Patrick Allgeier. Allgeier was the lone player in red figures, as he shot a 69. Van Leeuwen was one of just two Division III golfers inside the top five.
The Panthers now turn their attention to their final pre-conference preparation, which will take place this Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, at the Donald Ross Course at French Lick. The event will be the team's third in two weeks, after also placing second at its home invite, the Battle at Belterra, on April 6 and 7.
Contact: Tyler Jester