Beginning the season by placing first in two out of the first three competitions is starting off on the right foot by anyone’s standards. To add to this feat, Hope College’s Men’s golf team has appeared a notch above the rest of the conference earning Player of the Week Awards for each of the first three weeks of play. The past weekend’s play was strongly highlighted by Josh Gibson’s (`19) round of 61 recorded at Grande Golf Club of Jackson on Friday. His 10 birdies, 6 pars and 1 eagle boosted the team’s overall performance evident in its 23-stroke lead going into the second day of the Adrian College Irish Hills Invitational. This performance also earned the Junior his second straight MIAA Player of the Week Award and sets a new record for the lowest recorded score for any golfer in Hope history.
Gibson didn’t have to do all the work himself however Daniel Settecerri (`20) shot under-par both days with a 70 on the first day and a 69 on the second to finish second overall. As competition ended on the two-day invitational, Hope found itself with a 37-stroke lead on the field with NCAA Division II’s Wayne State University in second.
This weekend also offered us the chance to admire the depth of Hope’s roster as Kade Hoeksma (`18) placed fourth with a consistent 146 two-day score. Ben Kramer (`19) and Andrew Goble (`19) supported their teammates with ninth and twelth place finishes, respectively.
The 13th-ranked team looks forward to the seeing where they stand amongst the rest of the MIAA in this week’s MIAA Jamboree’s which conclude Monday, Sept. 25 at Hope’s home course, Wuskowhan Players Club