by Eva Dean Folkert
Saturday was moving day for the No. 12-ranked Hope College men's golf team in the final round of two-day Illinois Wesleyan Invitational in Normal, Indiana. After yesterday's opening round of 293 put them in fifth place, the Flying Dutchmen shot a 288 on day two to finish in second place with a total of 581.
Hope started the second round nine strokes back of leader and No. 3-ranked Illinois Wesleyan after the Titans had posted a 284 on day one of the Invitatonal. When IWU also shot a 288 on Saturday, tying Hope for the lowest round of the day, the nine-stroke separation remained intact as the Titans recorded a winning 572 total.
A total of 21 teams and 120 players competed at the IWU Invitational at Ironwood Country Club.
"It was a solid tournament for us against really good competition," said head coach Scott Lokers. "It was satisfying to see each player contribute to the team's success."
Josh Gibson of Grandville (Grandville HS), pictured right, finished in third place in the individual standings. The senior shot rounds of 70-71 (141) to only trail winner Drew Pershing of IWU by two strokes and runner-up Evan MacLean of Parkland College by one.
Making a 14-place leap from a 22nd-place tie after the first day into an eighth-place tie on the final player leaderboard was senior Andrew Goble of Brighton (Brighton HS), pcitured left, who fired rounds of 75-71 (146).
Senior Ben Kramer of Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS) took 12th place with a 72-75 (147).
Finishing in a tie for 25th was Noah Weigle of Grandville (Grandville HS) as the junior shot 77-72 (149).
Junior Daniel Settecerri of Bloomfield Hills (Bloomfield Hills HS) carded rounds of 76-74 (150) to tie for 28th place.
Hope plays next at the Calvin Knight Invitational at Thornapple Pointe in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, April 16. Tee time is 1 p.m.