by Alan Babbitt
New to the starting lineup this fall, Crawford and Tapani fired the Flying Dutchmen's two lowest rounds at the first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Jamboree of the season Monday at Wuskowhan Players Club in West Olive, Michigan. They helped Hope to a second-place score of 306 at the eight-team event.
Four 18-hole jamborees and one 36-hole tournament will determine the MIAA champion. The lowest cumulative team score wins.
Crawford carded a 3-over-74 and tied for ninth place individually. The freshman from Carmel, Indiana (Carmel HS) finished two strokes off the lead.
Tapani chipped in a 75 and tied for 11th. The junior from Wayzata, Minnesota (Providence Academy) is in his second season golfing for Hope.
Three Flying Dutchmen golfers checked in within two strokes of each other. Senior Daniel Settecerri of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (Bloomfield Hills) shot a 76.
"Jack is a really talented player from an outstanding high school program," head coach Scott Lokers said. "I'm not surprised by the scores he's putting up. I expect him to continue to improve. He's been solid for us.
"Luke is an upperclassmen academically, but in terms of competitive golf, he doesn't have very much experience. He is learning as he goes. He's a great addition to our team personality-wise, and I think he can get better and better skill-wise. The more tournament rounds he gets, the better I think he's going to get."
Hope placed 10 strokes behind first-place Trine University. Freshman Seth Almquist of Minnneapolis, Minnesota (Wayzata) rounded out the Flying Dutchmen's score with an 81.
Senior Noah Weigle of Grandville, Michigan (Grandville) had an 82 for Hope.
Playing as individuals, freshman Drew Dykens of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa) matched the second-lowest round of the day with a 73, while sophomore Austin Zolman of Wyoming, Michigan (Grandville) shot an 88.
"Our team is disappointed. We are young and we have some growing pains, so some of this is to be expected," Lokers said. "Everybody is motivated. They're invested. This will motivate us."
Hope returns to action on Tuesday, September 17 at the Duck Lake Invitational hosted by Albion College at the Duck Lake Country Club.