In its last round before NCAA qualifying competition begins this weekend, the Hope College men's golf team missed out on a first-place finish by one stroke on Tuesday. The No. 12-ranked Flying Dutchmen shot 307 in the Calvin Knight Invitational at Thorneapple Pointe, placing second to winner Trine University which totaled 306.
A total of eight teams played in the Calvin Knight Invitational. Kalamazoo College tied for second with Hope, also shooting 307. Host Calvin finished fourth with 309.
Hope was led by seniors Josh Gibson of Grandville (Grandville HS) and Ben Kramer of Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS) who each carded rounds of 75. Junior Daniel Settecerri of Bloomfield Hills (Bloomfield Hills HS) fired a 77; senior Andrew Goble of Brighton (Brighton HS) finished with an 80; and, junior Noah Weigle of Grandville (Grandville HS) shot an 82.
The event's lowest score was shot by Kalamazoo College's Jackson Jones with a 69.
The Flying Dutchmen begin 54 holes of MIAA NCAA Championship qualifying play this weekend. The top four teams in the MIAA — Calvin, Hope, Kalamazoo and Trine — will play three rounds over a week to determine which team earns the one automatic qualification slot to the Division III national championship held this year at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
As league runner-up, Calvin College will host 18 holes of competition at Watermark Country Club in Grand Rapids on Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m.
As league champion, Hope will host 36 holes at Wuskowhan Players Club in West Olive on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28.