Zapp, Van Leeuwen inside top 10 after first round of HCAC Championship

Austin Zapp

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Behind a pair of top-10 performances, the Hanover College men's golf team sits in third place after the first of four rounds at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship.

The Panthers opened the tournament with a team total of 306, four strokes behind Earlham (302) for second place and 11 behind the first-weekend host, Transylvania (295), for first. Second through seventh place are separated by just 21 strokes with 54 holes still to play.

Four of the five Panther golfers bested the field scoring average of 82.49 Saturday. Junior Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.), a 2018 all-HCAC performer, leads the way for HC after firing a one-over, 73 and is tied for fourth. Zapp posted three of his team-high four birdies during a front-nine 34.

Zapp, along with sophomore Charlie Bullerdick (New Market, Ind.) are two of nine golfers in the field of 49 that posted a score in red figures on the par five holes. Bullerdick is tied for 11th after shooting 76. The sophomore had matching nine-hole scores of 38 on Saturday and tallied three birdies.

Freshman Luke Van Leeuwen (Kettering, Ohio) is off to a strong start, as he is tied for eighth overall after shooting 75. Van Leeuwen had a team-high 10 pars and finished one-under over his final five holes. The freshman has now carded a 75 or lower in five of his last six competitive rounds.

Junior Addy Allyn (Culver, Ind.) and freshman Caleb Lung (Nappanee, Ind.) rounded out scoring for the Panthers. Allyn is tied for 26th, shooting 82, while Lung is tied for 32nd at 84. The junior is among tournament leaders in par four scoring average, 4.40, while the freshman is even on the par fives.

Hanover will close out the opening 36-hole weekend with the second round on Sunday, April 28. The Panthers will be paired in the final five tee times with Transylvania and Earlham, beginning at 10:48 a.m. on the Big Blue Course at the University Club of Kentucky.

Contact: Tyler Jester