Men's golf places three on all-HCAC team, finishes third at HCAC Championship

Award winners

ANDERSON, Ind. – The Hanover College men's golf team finished with three all-conference performances as they concluded the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Sunday in Anderson, Ind. at Anderson Country Club.

The originally scheduled four-round tournament was cut to three after Saturday's round was cancelled due to course and weather conditions. The shortened 54-hole event saw three Panthers place inside the top 10 en route to a third-place team finish with a score of 920 (306-316-298).

Hanover entered the weekend in third place, four strokes behind Earlham for second. The Blue and Red shot 298 Sunday to defeat the Quakers by three strokes, but after EC's No. 1 golfer birdied on hole 18, HC fell one shot shy of tying for second place.

Junior Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) tied for seventh overall after posting a three-round total of 227 (73-79-75). Zapp is receiving his second all-conference performance in as many years and is the first multi all-HCAC winner at Hanover since Robert Bader won three awards from 2012-2014. The junior tied for the team-high in tournament birdies, eight, including two during his back-nine 36 on Sunday.

Hanover rallied late on Sunday and held second place in the team standings for a brief moment. As a collective whole, the Panthers shot minus-two over the final six holes, which featured a total of 10 birdies.

Freshman Luke Van Leeuwen (Kettering, Ohio) birded the final two holes to finish in a tie for 10th overall. Van Leeuwen finished with a tournament score of 229 (75-77-77) and had six birdies over 54 holes. Van Leeuwen is the second Hanover freshman to receive all-HCAC honors in the past four years.

Also tying for 10th and picking up all-conference accolades was sophomore Charlie Bullerdick (New Market, Ind.). Bullerdick had all three of his birdies Sunday on the back nine, which resulted in a 34. The sophomore carded rounds of 76, 78 and 75 for his top-10 performance. He also finished with eight birdies for the championship.

Junior Addy Allyn (Culver, Ind.) placed 21st with 241 strokes. Allyn had his best round Sunday, shooting 77, after recording back-to-back rounds of 82 to start tournament play. The junior had three of his six tournament birdies in Round Three.

Leading Hanover in the final round with a one-under 71 was freshman Caleb Lung (Nappanee, Ind.). Lung, who was one of just three players in red figures during the final round, finished his final 14 holes two-under-par. The freshman led the field Sunday with 15 pars and accumulated five birdies over 54 holes.

Transylvania secured its 13th straight HCAC championship after finishing the tournament with a total of 882 (295-295-292). The Pioneers receive the league's automatic bid into the national tournament, which they will host May 14-17. Earlham placed second with score of 919 (302-316-301). Transylvania's Blake Young was the conference medalist with a 54-hole total of one-under 215 (73-71-71).

Hanover has now concluded its 2018-19 season. The Panthers saved one of their best rounds for last, as Sunday's 10-over 298 was their second lowest score, relative to par, all season long. The Blue and Red earned a top three finish in the standings for the third time in the last four years and the three all-conference awards were the program's most since garnering four accolades in 1999.

Contact: Tyler Jester