Bader second, Panthers third at HCAC meet

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).

Heartland Conference championship final results