Men's Golf Opens Season With First-Round Lead At Lou Collins Memorial

Kade Hoeksema and Daniel Settecerri both shot under-par to lead the Hope College men's golf team to the first-round lead at the Olivet College Lou Collins Memorial Tournament on Friday in Battle Creek.

The Flying Dutchmen fired a team score of 291 for a one-shot lead over second-place Northwestern, Ohio. Hope is eight shots ahead of third-place Kalamazoo.

The 36-hole, two-day event at Bedford Valley Country Club concludes on Saturday, September 2 with a 9:30 a.m. tee time.

Hoeksema, pictured, shared first-round medalist honors. The senior from Byron Center, Michigan (South Christian HS) carding a 2-under 70 along with Kalamazoo's Nick Ludka.

Settecerri is tied for third. The sophomore from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (Bloomfield Hills) trails the leaders by one stroke.

Junior Josh Gibson of Grandville, Michigan (Grandville) came in at even-par. Last spring's NCAA Division III national champion is tied for fifth.

Junior Ben Kramer of Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake) rounded out Hope's scoring with a 78.

Sophomore Noah Weigle of Grandville, Michigan (Grandville) also played in the Flying Dutchmen's top group and carded an 81.

Playing as individuals, junior Andrew Goble of Brighton, Michigan (Brighton) shot a 75, while freshmen Jacob Thomson of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (Central Wisconsin Christian) and Jason Deans of Arlington Hills, Illinois (John Hersey) had an 83 and 84, respectively. | PO Box 9000, Holland, Michigan 49422