Golfers ahead of logjam after first round

Hanover College’s men’s golf team has a nine-stroke lead after the first round of the Hanover Spring Invitational. The opening round of the 36-hole event was held Saturday, April 6, at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour, Ind.

Hanover, with three athletes in the top six spots, totaled 306 strokes to lead the 11-team field. The University of Northwestern Ohio is second with a 315, followed by Manchester Unviversity (317), Wabash College (318), the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (319) and DePauw University (320) in the top half of the field.

Junior Robert Bader (Louisville, Ky.) carded a two-over-par 74 and shares the individual lead with Manchester’s D.K. DeLong. Junior Terry Smith (Peru, Ind.) is just one shot back in third place after an opening-round 75 on the par-72, 6,724-yard course.

Senior Marcus El (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Matt Ehman (Noblesville, Ind.), who is playing as an individual, share sixth place in the 78-athlete field. Each fired a five-over 77.

Sophomore Patric Geary (Clarksville, Ind.) posted an 80 to round out Hanover’s scoring.

Hanover Spring Invitational first round results