By Gerrit Immink
The Hope College men's golf team built on its early success in the NCAA Division III Championship on Thursday, posting a team score of 298 en route to rising to sixth place in the overall standings.
The 10-over par round is the best score the Flying Dutchmen have shot in the first 54 holes of the four-day tournament at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.
At 39-over-par, Hope is in position for its best finish at the national championship. The 2010 team tied for ninth place at nationals in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The Flying Dutchmen tee off in the final round on Friday at 8:45 a.m.
Wittenberg University leads the field at 23-over. Guilford College (+25), Huntingdon (+26), Greensboro (+27) and Texas at Tyler (+27) round out the top five.
Three Hope golfers ended their rounds with birdies on the final hole at the 6,844-yard El Campeon Golf Course which helped contribute to a strong finish.
Senior Winton Munch of Traverse City, Michigan (Central HS) led the Flying Dutchmen finishing with an even-par 72. Munch holed five birdies in his round, three of which came during his last five holes, including a 334-yard, par-4 final hole.
Photo by Winton Munch by Allen Tedder Photography.
Munch is tied for 32nd individually at 10-over.
Sophomore Josh Gibson of Grandville, Michigan (Grandville) completes his third round shooting a 2-over. Gibson is currently tied for eighth place at 4-over.
Junior Kade Hoeksema of Byron Center, Michigan (South Christian HS) scored a 3-over par in his round. Hoeksema birdied two of the final three holes and is tied for 25th at 8-over.
Sophomore Ben Kramer of Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake) rounded out the scoring for Hope with 77.
Sophomore Andrew Goble of Brighton, Michigan (Brighton) had an 81.