by Alan Babbitt
Hope College's Josh Gibson remained near the top of the leaderboard during the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships on Wednesday in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
The senior from Grandville, Michigan (Grandville HS) carded a 1-under-par 71 at Keene Trace Golf Club's Keene Run course to move up into a tie for third place individually. He is one shot off the lead.
Gibson, the 2017 national champion, helped the Flying Dutchmen rise up three spots to 11th in the 42-team standings. Hope made the second-round cut with a 36-hole total of 608 (305-303).
The remainder of the 72-hole, four-day NCAA Championships is scheduled to be played at Keene Trace's Champion Trace course, where the Flying Dutchmen golfed during the first round. First-place Illinois Wesleyan (578) holds a four-stroke lead over second-place Guilford.
Photo of Ben Kramer by Transylvania University
Hope tees off the third round at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 16. The Flying Dutchmen are 10 strokes out of fifth place.
Gibson's second round saw him shoot four under on the front nine with four birdies. He needed a birdie on the 523-yard, par-5 17th to end a run of four bogeys between 10 and 15.
At 1-under for the tournament (72-71—143), Gibson trails Cameron Willis of Wittenberg and Zach Brownrigg of Methodist by one stroke. Both Willis and Brownrigg carded 72s on Mondays and 70s on Tuesday.
Ben Kramer fired a 75 for Hope's second low round of the day. The senior from Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake) is tied for 39th overall at 7-over (76-75—151).
Daniel Settecerri chipped in his second consecutive 76 for the Flying Dutchmen. The junior from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (Bloomfield Hills) is tied for 45th at 8-over (76-76—152).