Golfers gain ground in HCAC's second round

Hanover College’s men’s golf squad posted a season-best round of 297 to pull within three shots of the lead at the mid-point of the 72-hole Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. The event's second round was played Sunday, April 28, at the Ashton Oaks Golf Course in North Bend, Ohio.

Hanover, with a 36-hole total of 600 (303-297), is just three strokes behind Transylvania University (Ky.). The Pioneers lead the eight-team field with a 597 (297-300). The College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) is 16 shots off the pace in third place with a 613 (306-307).

After having four golfers in the top five spots after the first 18 holes, the Panthers continue to have three athletes in the top seven.

Senior Marcus El (Indianapolis, Ind.) fired a three-under 69 to lead Hanover. With the tournament-low round, El moved  from fifth to second in the individual standings with a two-day total of 145 (76-69).

He trails only Transylvania's Stephen Montgomery (144: 72-72) in the HCAC's 40-athlete field.

Junior Robert Bader (Louisville, Ky.) is third overall after an even-par round of 72. He is just three strokes out of the lead with a 147 (75-72).

Sophomore Matt Ehman (Noblesville, Ind.) is seventh with a 153 (76-77) and junior Terry Smith (Peru, Ind.) is 14th after posting a 157 (76-81).

In 25th place after the first round, sophomore Patric Geary (Clarksville, Ind.) moved into the 19th slot after a 79 on the second day. He has a total of 163 (84-79) in the tourney.

Heartland Conference Championship – second round results

The closing 36 holes of the Heartland Conference championship will be held Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5, at the Rea Park Golf Course in Terre Haute, Ind. The third round will tee off at 11 a.m. and the final round is slated to begin at 9 a.m.