Second place in both the MIAA Fall Finish and in the final MIAA standings are very respectable and encouraging results for the Hope College men's golf team in 2019.
The defending-league-champion Flying Dutchmen shot a 302 on Saturday to go along with their 299 on Friday for a stroke total of 601 in the final league rounds, good for second place each day and for the event. For the entire MIAA season, Hope totaled 1810 strokes in six rounds for a 301.7 average for its runner-up finish.
Trine University is the 2019 league champion. The Thunder won the Fall Finish with rounds of 290 and 293 (583) and the regular season with a 1757 stroke total good for a 292.8 average.
Kalamazoo College and Calvin University finished third and fourth in the league, respectively.
"We weren't sure how things would go this season. We had goals of contending for a league championship again, but Trine was a very good team. They played well all season. Congratulations to them on that," said Hope head coach Scott Lokers.
"We had two seniors who held us together with their leadership," Lokers continued. "We had five freshmen, three of whom played in the top five for most of the season. We were not as consistent as we would have liked, but that's golf, isn't it? I'm proud of the way every guy kept battling and working. It was a fun season. It was a good year."
Senior Daniel Settecerri of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan(Bloomfield HS) took second place individually at the MIAA Fall Finish with a 73 on Friday and a 70 (143) on Saturday.
Freshman Jack Crawford of Carmel, Indiana (Carmel HS) shot rounds of 73 and 77 (150) to tie for seventh place while freshmen Seth Almquist of Minneapolis, Minnesota (Wayzata HS) tied for 10th with by shooting rounds of 77 and 76 (153).
Drew Dykens of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS) posted a 79 on Saturday. By firing a 76 on Friday, the freshman totaled 155 strokes and tied for 18th place.
Senior Noah Weigle of Grandville, Michigan (Grandville HS) shot rounds of 77 and 80 and tied for 24nd place with a 157 stroke total.
By taking runner-up this fall, Hope will host 18 holes of the MIAA's NCAA Division III national championship qualifier in April. A date, a time and place will be announced in the spring.