by Alan Babbitt
Drew Dykens, pictured, led a winning charge for the Hope College men's golf team at the fourth Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Jamboree of the season on Monday in Kalamazoo.
The freshman from Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS) carded a 1-over-par 72 at Kalamazoo Country Club. The Flying Dutchmen finished with a team score of 299 and edged runner-up Kalamazoo College by one stroke and league-leading Trine University by two.
On Monday, Hope golfers recorded two of the four lowest rounds. Freshman Jack Crawford of Carmel, Indiana (Carmel) placed in a three-way tie for second with a 73.
Senior Daniel Settecerri of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (Bloomfield Hills) tied for seventh after posting a 75.
Playing as an individual, senior Noah Weigle of Grandville, Michigan (Grandville) shot a 74.
"It was a good day for us," head coach Scott Lokers said. "One of our goals this fall was to win at least one of the jamborees. Drew was outstanding. He and Jack played really well today. Seth played well last Saturday. Those freshmen are making an impact."
In the season standings, second-place Hope is 36 strokes ahead of third-place Calvin University heading into the 36-hole Fall Finish tournament on Friday-Saturday, October 4-5 at Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing. Trine leads the Flying Dutchmen by 35 strokes.
Lokers is looking forward one last weekend of competition this fall. The top four teams in the regular-season standings advance to the MIAA's NCAA Championship qualifier.
"Our goal this fall has been to improve. We still believe there is more room for improvement," Lokers said.