Men's Golf Wins 54-Hole MIAA National Qualifying Tournament
The consistency of the Hope College men's golf team paid off handsomely.
The Flying Dutchmen clinched their ninth trip to the NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday by posting the top final round of the 54-hole Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association national qualifier.
Hope shot a team score of 307 at Wuskowhan Players to finish the tournament with a total of 919. The Flying Dutchmen's first two qualifying rounds were 305 and 307.
Hope finished 15 strokes ahead of runner-up Trine, 17 ahead of third-place Adrian and 31 ahead of fourth-place Calvin.
The Flying Dutchmen will compete at the national championships on May 13-16 in Greensboro, N.C.
On Saturday, freshman Winton Munch of Traverse City (Central HS) topped the Flying Dutchmen with a 3-over-par 74. He was in bed until Thursday because of illness.
Junior Ben Lanting of Littleton, Colo. (Front Range Christian HS), fired an 76 for Hope.
Junior Collin Breit of Muskegon (Western Michigan Christian HS) chipped in a 78 for the Flying Dutchmen.
Junior Ben Lewis of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) rounded the scoring for Hope with a 79.
Junior Evan Telzerow of Grand Rapids (Forest Hills Northern HS) shot an 82 for the Flying Dutchmen.
Returning to nationals for the first time since 2012 was a big motivation for the MIAA qualifier, Hope coach Bob Ebels said. Breit and Telzerow both were on the team that finished 35th at nationals two years ago.
"(Collin and Evan) have been to nationals. They know what that treatment is and what that experience is all about," Ebels said. "That was a huge incentive for them to stop in North Carolina and play a practice round over spring break (this year), to get the other guys hungry to get into nationals."