Men's golf sets sights on Indiana Small College Championship

Caleb Lung

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College men's golf team's pre-conference campaign will wrap up this weekend with the 12-team Indiana Small College State Championships, hosted by Franklin College.

SETTING THE SCENE: The Panthers' final event prior to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship will take place this Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, at the Donald Ross Course at French Lick. This will be Hanover's third tournament in a week-long stretch.

COMPETITION: Hanover will be joined by 11 other teams this weekend. Six of the 12 teams competing hail from the Hoosier state, and there are four Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference institutions in the field. Illinois Wesleyan headlines the overall field, as the Titans are currently No. 3 in GolfStat's national rankings. Three schools are in the top 25 of the NJCAA national rankings, including Parkland (Ill.), Rend Lake (Ill.) and Vincennes (Ind.). The Panthers will be paired with familiar foes in Round One, HCAC-rival Mt. St. Joseph and Wabash (Ind.).

HANOVER LINEUP: (SEASON/CAREER STATS)

No. Name Year Scoring Average Hometown / High School
1 Austin Zapp Junior 75.46 Union, Ky. / Ryle
2 Caleb Lung Freshman 78.14 Nappanee, Ind. / NorthWood
3 Charlie Bullerdick Sophomore 77.14 New Market, Ind. / Southmont
4 Luke Van Leeuwen Freshman 79.57 Kettering, Ohio / Kettering
5 Addy Allyn Junior 81.27 Culver, Ind. / Culver Academy

 

THE COURSE: Iconic designer, Donald Ross, created the course at the French Lick resort back in 1917, and since has taken on a $5 million restoration in 2005. The par 70 course plays up to 7,000 yards and most recently hosted the PGA Professionals Championship in 2010, as well as several Indiana Open Championships. The original course also played host to two LPGA Championships.

LAST TIME OUT: The Blue and Red are coming off three competitive rounds in four days with their home invitational, the Battle at Belterra, and the one-day Big Four Classic at Crooked Stick Golf Club. Hanover placed second in both tournaments, totaling team rounds scores of 302 and 309 at Belterra Golf Club and 321, playing from 7,000 yards at Crooked Stick. Austin Zapp led the Panthers in the home meet, tying for fourth with a score of 148 (76-72). Zapp did not participate in the Big Four Classic. Luke Van Leeuwen was tied for 12th at the home outing, 154 (74-80), before placing in a tie for second at the Big Four Classic, 75, and was one of two Division III athletes in the top five.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY: Hanover will be making its first appearance in a Franklin-hosted spring tournament since 2017, also played at the Donald Ross Course. The Panthers placed second in the field of six teams with a score of 621 (314-307), five strokes shy of the host-Grizzlies for first. None of the five players in the lineup this weekend have competed in the tournament.

UP NEXT: The Panthers will be off during the College's final exam week before returning for the opening two rounds of the HCAC Championship Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28. The first two rounds will be hosted by Transylvania in Lexington, Ky. at the University Club of Kentucky.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu