by Eva Dean Folkert
Senior Daniel Settecerri's and junior Luke Tapani's golf play were pictures of consistency this weekend at the two-day, 13-team Lou Collins Invitational hosted by Olivet College. The two Flying Dutchmen shot back-to-back identical rounds to lead the nationally-ranked Hope men's golf team to a third-place finish at the Bedford Valley Country Club in Battle Creek.
The Flying Dutchmen, ranked 18th by the GCAA, posted rounds of 297 on Friday and 296 on Saturday for a 593 total.
Allegheny (Pa.) College took the team title with a 589 (293-296) to finished four strokes ahead of Hope and just one stroke ahead of Trine University which shot a total of 590 (300-290).
"I was encouraged by our first tournament," said head coach Scott Lokers. "Two scores under 300 is a good way to start. Everyone had some success and some adversity but that's golf."
Settecerri of Bloomfield Hills (Bloomfield Hills HS), pictured right, topped Hope golfers with two rounds of even-par 72 while Tapani of Wayzata, Minnesota (Providence Academy), pictured left, shot a pair of two-over 74s. The 144-stroke total for Settecerri tied him for second as an individual while Tapani came in tied for 10th with a 148 total.
Finishing in a tie for 19th was sophomore Austin Zolman of Wyoming (Grandville HS) who fired a 153 total (81-72). Freshman Jack Crawford of Carmel, Indian (Carmel HS) tied for 24th place with a 154-stroke total (74-80) while senior Noah Weigle of Grandville (Grandville HS) shot finished tied for 29th with a 155-stroke total (77-78).
Freshman Seth Almquist of Minneapolis, Minnesota (Wayzata HS) played exhibition and tied teammate Settecerri for second-place overall with rounds of 71 and 73 (144).
Also playing exhibition were freshman Drew Dykens of Holland (West Ottawa HS) with a 154 total (78-76) tying him for 24th place; freshman Charlie Eriksen of Bloomfield Hills (Cranbrook Kingswood) with a 161 total (78-83) tying him for 46th place, and freshman Tim Wageman of Chesterfield (Saline HS) with 162 (77-85), tying him for 49th place.
A total of 76 golfers played in the event.
"I was quite pleased with the play of all five freshman," Lokers said.
Hope plays next on Tuesday, September 3 at the Aurora Invitational at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course in Bristol, Illinois. Tee time is 7:30 a.m. Central time.