Daniel Settecerri and the Hope College men's golf team figured there would be a tight race for the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship this fall.
Tuesday's first jamboree of the season went just as expected.
The Flying Dutchmen shot a team score of 291 at Lenawee Country Club in Adrian but tied for first with Calvin. Both teams finished seven strokes ahead of third-place Adrian and 16 ahead of fourth-place Kalamazoo and Olivet.
Hope edged Calvin by five strokes over a 54-hole tournament last spring to earn the MIAA's bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, where the Flying Dutchmen placed sixth in the nation.
Photo by Mike Dickie, Adrian Athletics
On Tuesday, Settecerri carded a 1-under-par 71 to lead Hope. The sophomore from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (Bloomfield Hills HS) tied for second place individually and came in two strokes behind medalist Justin Kapke of Albion.
Junior Josh Gibson of Grandville, Michigan (Grandville) tied for fifth at even-par.
Senior Kade Hoeksema of Byron Center, Michigan (South Christian) tied for seventh with a 73.
The regular-season MIAA champion is determined by the lowest total after six rounds — 108 holes — this fall.