by Eva Dean Folkert
With a seven-under-par team total of 277, the Hope College men's golf team won its second MIAA Jamboree in emphatic fashion on Saturday. The Flying Dutchmen finished 19 strokes ahead of runners-up Trine University and Calvin College who each shot 296.
With the victory at Zollner Golf Course on Trine's campus in Angola, Indiana, Hope stands first in the league standings after two jamborees with a 563 total. The Flying Dutchmen are 25 strokes ahead of second-place Calvin (588). Hope's 277 was two shots off the MIAA record for lowest league round at Zollner (275) shot by Trine in 2010.
Senior Josh Gibson of Grandville (Grandville HS), pictured left, was the event's medalist with a six-under 65, tying the Zollner course record for MIAA play shared by Hope's Nick Campbell (2012) and Adrian's Jordan Kelly (2010).
Gibson also equaled the MIAA record for lowest round at any league event shared by Campbell at Kelly and Tri-State's Joel Bickel (2005) at The Medalist Golf Club in Marshall.
Gibson carded nine birdies and three bogeys for his round. Six of his birdies came consecutively on holes three through eight.
Junior Daniel Settecerri of Bloomfield Hills (Bloomfield Hills HS), pictured right, was the jamboree's individual runner-up with a one-under 69. Both Gibson and Settecerri were the only MIAA golfers to shoot below par.
Senior Andrew Goble of Brighton (Brighton HS) shot an even-par 71 while senior Ben Kramer of Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS) shot a one-over 72. Junior Noah Weigle of Grandville (Grandville HS) finished with a 77.
"It was a great team score for us," said head coach Scott Lokers. "When you have two scores in the 60s, that's big. To have five great scores in the same round is really a nice accomplishment."
Hope is back in action on Thursday, Sept. 27 in the third MIAA Jamboree at The Medalist Golf Club in Marshall, Michigan. Tee time is 1:00 p.m.