Senior Robert Bader (Louisville, Ky.) finished second on the individual leaderboard and the Hanover College men's golf team placed third at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. The four-round event completed play May 3-4 at Eagle Rock Golf Club in Defiance, Ohio.
Bader, fifth after three rounds, posted a one-over-par 71 in the final 18 holes to finish the tourney in a three-way tie for the lead with the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Sanders Park and Transylvania University’s Clay Hinton. Park grabbed the HCAC's medalist honors after seven holes of sudden death play.
Bader posted a 296 (72- 77-76-71) to place second in the championship for the second consecutive season. His effort was just one stroke off his school 72-hole-record 295, set during the 2013 Heartland Conference finale.
Hanover totaled 1,247 strokes to land in third place among the eight competing schools, including a 308 in the final round (309-318-312-308).
Transylvania University (Ky.) captured the league team crown with 1,195 (298-305-293-299). The College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) was second with 1,242 (297-322-311-312).
Freshman P.J. Greened (Mason, Ohio) earned a 13th-place finish in his first conference tournament appearance. Greene closed with an 80 on the 6,130-yard course and posted a four-round 312 (74-80-78-80).
Junior Patric Geary (Clarksville, Ind.) was 17th overall with a 322 (87-82-78-75), including a 75 in the final round. Senior Terry Smith was just two shots behind in 19th place with a 324 (79-79-84-82).
Freshman Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio) rounded out the Panthers’ squad with a 27th-place finish. Vidal totaled 329 (84-83-80-82).
Published Sunday, May 4, 2014