Men's Golf Tied For Seventh After Opening Round Of NCAA Championships

Hope College's Daniel Settecerri fired an even-par 72 during the opening round of the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Flying Dutchmen are tied for seventh place in the 42-team field at 8-over following a team score of 296. The first round was completed Tuesday morning after storms suspended play Monday afternoon.

The top 18 teams and six individuals after 36 holes advance to play in the final two rounds.

Settecerri, pictured, is tied for 17th in the individual standings. The sophomore from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (Bloomfield Hills HS) recorded two birdies and two bogeys on the 6,780-yard Grandover Resort West Course.

Settecerri birdied the 570-yard, par-5 12th hole and the 345-yard, par-4 17th hole. He was 2-under on the back nine.

Junior Andrew Goble of Brighton, Michigan (Brighton) chipped in a 73 for the Flying Dutchmen. He recorded two bogeys and one birdie. The birdie came on the 550-yard, par-5 16th.

Junior Josh Gibson of Grandville, Michigan (Grandville) finished with a 74. The 2017 individual Division III national champion overcame a double-bogey on his first hole and a triple-bogey on the back nine to come in at 2-over.

Gibson carded birdies on the 190-yard, par-3 third hole, 520-yard, par-5 sixth, 395-yard, par-4 14th, and the 16th.

Junior Ben Kramer of Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake) rounded out Hope's scoring with a 77. He birdied the 17th hole.

Senior Kade Hoeksema of Byron Center, Michigan (South Christian) had a 79 for the Flying Dutchmen.

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