Ben Kramer's one-under 70 helped the Hope College men's golf team narrow the gap with tournament-leader Kalamazoo College after the second round of the MIAA NCAA Division III Qualifier on Friday at Wuskowhan Players Club. The senior from Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS), pictured left with coach Scott Lokers, was the only player in red numbers on Hope's home course as he led the Flying Dutchmen to a low team score of 300.
Hope entered the day three strokes back of Kalamazoo College after the Hornets won the first round of the NCAA automatic qualification competition last Saturday at Watermark Country Club. Now, the Flying Dutchmen are within one stroke of Kalamazoo after the Hornets shot a 302 on Friday. Trine University finished third with 310 and Calvin College was fourth with 330.
Eighteen holes are remaining in the MIAA AQ Tournament. The cumulative leader after 54 holes receives the MIAA's automatic bid to the Division III national championship which this year will be held at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
Team scores after 36 holes are: Kalamazoo 307-302—609; Hope 310-300—610; Trine 311-310— 621; and, Calvin 313-330—643.
Other individual scores for Hope on Friday were senior Josh Gibson of Grandville (Grandville HS) and junior Daniel Settecerri of Blooimfield Hills (Bloomfield Hills HS) who each carded rounds of 75, tying them for fifth place.
"Conditions were difficult starting out today with big wind, but we got better as the day went on," said head coach Scott Lokers. "I'm obviously pleased with Ben being the medalist with a 70. That was a very good score today. Our other players had some really good shots and holes and they had some shots they'd like back. Still I'm so happy for a win. But we still have work to do."
The last round of the MIAA NCAA Division III qualifier starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27.