Five rounds within four strokes of each other powered the Hope College men's golf team to a first-round lead at the Adrian College Irish Hills Invitational Friday in Jackson, Michigan.
Sophomore Josh Gibson of Grandville, Michigan (Grandville HS) led the balanced effort as the Flying Dutchmen shot a team score of 291 to open the eight-team event at Grande Golf Club. They were six strokes better than second-place Calvin and 16 up on third-place Adrian.
Gibson fired a 1-under-par 71. He is in second place in the individual standings.
Sophomore Ben Kramer of Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake) rounded out Hope's scoring with a ninth-place 74.
Sophomore Andrew Goble of Brighton, Michigan (Brighton) is 11th after a 75.
The tournament's final round is scheduled to tee off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17.