Men's golf leads Indiana schools in state's small college invite

Luke Van Leeuwen

FRENCH LICK, Ind. – Behind its second-lowest round of the season on Sunday, the Hanover College men's golf team finished the weekend fifth in the 12-team field at the Indiana Small College Championship.

The 36-hole tournament, hosted by fellow Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference institution, Franklin College, saw a tournament scoring average of 78.94 among the 70 golfers playing at the Donald Ross Course at French Lick. The Panthers' Sunday-299, paired with Saturday's 304, gave the team 604 strokes for the weekend. Hanover's second round and 36-hole scores were both the second lowest for the team during the 2018-19 season.

Leading the way was freshman Luke Van Leeuwen (Kettering, Ohio), who carded a tournament total of 147 (73-74). Van Leeuwen has now posted a score of 75 or lower in four of his past five rounds, tying for eighth at the state tournament. His 147 strokes set a new personal-best in his brief collegiate career and is tied for the second-best 36-hole tournament score for HC this season. The freshman engineered a 33 on his first nine holes Sunday and finished with a team-best 24 pars.

Also setting new collegiate low 36-hole scores were junior Addy Allyn (Culver, Ind.) and freshman Caleb Lung (Nappanee, Ind.). Both golfers fired off sub-80 rounds on both days, with Allyn going 77-73 (150) and Lung recording a 73-78 (151). The duo placed 16th and tied for 17th, respectively. Allyn had two of his three birdies Sunday, while Lung shot 34 on the front nine Saturday, which included three of his team-high four tournament birdies.

Sophomore Charlie Bullerdick (New Market, Ind.) and junior Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) rounded out the scoring for Hanover. Bullerdick tied for 33rd with a score of 157 (82-75), while Zapp followed at 160 (83-77) to tie for 43rd.

Nationally-ranked No. 3 Illinois Wesleyan won the team championship with rounds of 287 and 284 for a final score of 571. Centre (Ky.) finished as the second-best Division III institution (595) and had the individual medalist in Zach Mattingly. Mattingly went 72-67 en route to a 36-hole total of 139. The Panthers were first among Indiana and HCAC schools in the tournament.

Hanover will now enter the postseason portion of its schedule, beginning with the opening two rounds of the HCAC Championship on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28. Transylvania will host the first two rounds of the league invite in Lexington, Ky. at the University Club of Kentucky.

Contact: Tyler Jester