by Eva Dean Folkert
Tied for second place and just four strokes out of first, the Hope College men's golf team started its new season with a steady round of play in the Lou Collins Invitational, hosted by Olivet College at Bedford Valley Country Club in Battle Creek.
The 18th-ranked Flying Dutchmen shot a team total of 297 on Friday. The same score was posted by league rival Kalamazoo College. Allegheny (Pa.) College leads the 13-team invitational after the first round, in at 293.
Hope was led by senior Daniel Settecerri of Bloomfield Hills (Bloomfield Hills HS) who fired a an even-par 72, good for sixth place individually.
Freshman Seth Almquist of Minneapolis, Minnesota (Wayzata HS) played as an individual and fired a round of 1-under 71, tying him for second place individually.
The Lou Collins Invitational concludes tomorrow with its final round starting at 9 a.m.