The Hope College men's golf team is eyeing back-to-back Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title and a return to the NCAA Division III Championships during the 2014-15 season.
Coach Bob Ebels, pictured, enters his 23rd season with a roster that features five seniors, two juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen.
Seniors Collin Breit of Muskegon, Michigan (Western Michigan Christian HS), and Evan Telzerow of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Forest Hills Northern HS), return as captains for the Flying Dutchmen for a second season.
Hope also brings back sophomore Winton Munch of Traverse City, Michigan (Traverse City HS). Munch was named to the NCAA Division III All-Freshmen Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America. He was the third golfer from the Flying Dutchmen to receive the honor. Munch also made the Division III Ping All-Great Lakes Region Team.
Hope opens the season on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29-30, at the 36-hole Olivet College Classic. The Flying Dutchmen's home tournament this fall is the Oct. 2 MIAA Jamboree at Wuskowhan Players Club.
In 2013, Hope tied for 17th place at the NCAA Division III Championships and matched their second-highest team finish. It was the sixth time the Flying Dutchmen had qualified for nationals since 2006 and ninth overall.
Hope advanced to nationals by winning the 54-hole Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association qualifier last spring. The Flying Dutchmen hosted the final two rounds of the tournament as regular-season MIAA champion.
Hope claimed its 17th regular-season MIAA championship last fall. Munch led the charge as he was the 2013 MIAA Medalist after averaging 74.1 strokes over seven league jamborees. He headlined the All-MIAA First Team. Breit and now senior Ben Lanting of Littleton, Colorado (Front Range Christian HS) were second-team selections.
Off the course, the Flying Dutchmen excelled academically as well. Breit and Lanting were chosen Division III Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars for the 2013-14 season.