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2019 Hope College Men's Golf Preview Take a Look at the Upcoming Season

Pictured above: Senior captain Daniel Settecerri

2019 At A Glance

  • Roster size: 9
  • Returners: 4
  • Captains: Seniors Daniel Settecerri and Noah Weigle
  • 2018 Regular Season Recap: The Flying Dutchmen claimed the MIAA title by winning all four MIAA Jamborees and the Fall Final weekend at L.E. Kaufman Golf Course. It was their fifth championship in six years and 21st overall.
  • 2019 MIAA Spring NCAA Qualifier Recap: Hope won the 54-hole qualifying tournament by four strokes. It made the sixth consecutive year, and the 10th time in 13 years, that a Hope team qualified for the NCAA tournament.
  • 2019 NCAA Division III Golf Championships: For the third year in-a-row, the Hope men's golf team finished as a Top Ten team in the nation. Led by national runner-up Josh Gibson '19, the Flying Dutchmen finished ninth out of 42 teams at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky for the four-day tournament. Hope finished in six place in NCAA Division III in 2017 and 2018.

Pictured left: Junior Luke Tapani

2019 Roster

The Flying Dutch's roster consists of two seniors, one junior, one sophomore and five freshmen. Senior Daniel Settecerri claimed his second All-MIAA First Team recognition by averaging 71.8 strokes during MIAA competition in 2018, the third-lowest scoring average in the league.

2019 Hope men's golf team
"We have really good leadership from our two returning seniors, Daniel and Noah. They are not only good players, they are just the best people and really take their leadership role seriously. They do have goals in terms of their own performance but they both have said to me, 'We are taking it upon ourselves with five freshmen to really work at the team culture and to instill in these freshmen what the Hope golf experience all about. And it is about more than championships and performance. It's about how we treat each other, how we grow together, how we're all pulling in the same direction. College golf is an individual sport, yes, but we play it together. The team aspect of this just matters so much. And I think that has been part of the reason that Hope teams has been so successful." — Head Coach Scott Lokers
TOP PHOTO: Senior captain Noah Weigle surveys a fairway; MIDDLE PHOTO: Senior Daniel Settecerri reads a putt; and, BOTTOM PHOTO: Sophomore Austin Zolman likes his drive.

2019 Men's Golf Schedule

The Flying Dutchmen opened their 2019 season with the non-league two-day, Lou Collins Tournament at Bedford Valley Country Club on Friday and Saturday, August 30-31. Hope finished third at the 13-team event as Daniel Settecerri earned a tie for second place individually by shooting a pair of even-par 72s. League play begins with the first jamboree hosted by Hope at Wuskowhan Players Club on Monday, September 9. The season concludes on Friday and Saturday, October 4-5 with two rounds in the MIAA Fall Finish at Forest Akers, West Course, in East Lansing.

"The Carthage Tournament is new and it is a good tournament. Illinois Wesleyan, the 2019 NCAA Division III champs, will be there. A big consideration for national ranking is head-to-head with top teams. So, we're trying to build our schedule with as many opportunities as we can against the the best Division III teams in the country." — Coach Scott Lokers

Head Coach Scott Lokers

In his two previous years as head coach of the Hope College men's golf team, Scott Lokers has guided the Flying Dutchmen to one MIAA championship and two NCAA Division III Championship appearances. In 2018, his Flying Dutchmen claimed sixth place in the nation, tied for a program-best finish, and in 2018, Hope finished in ninth place in the country.

"Every one of these guys wants to play the best they can play that day. And I'm asking them to be the best team that day, no matter what they shoot right, no matter what their buddies shoot. So it's both/and; it's not one or the other...I think this year may be different for us. We're young. We may not have a clear top five every week. And so that creates a different dynamic. From what I can tell, though, all of these guys are OK with that in terms of knowing that they have to be competing for spots." — Coach Scott Lokers
Daniel Settecerri and Coach Scott Lokers at the NCAA Championships

By The Numbers

  • 3.46. GPA of the 2018-19 Hope men's golf team who were awarded the MIAA Team GPA Award. League teams must achieve at least a 3.3 average GPA to earn this award.
  • 5. MIAA Championships over the past six years.
  • 6. Consecutive years the Flying Dutchmen have qualified for the NCAA Championships.
  • 10. Times in 13 years that Hope men's golf qualified for the NCAA Championships.
  • 21. Overall MIAA Championships.
  • 68. The lowest score posted by Daniel Settecerri in 2018, a four-under par round shot at The Medalist Golf Club in Marshall.
  • 285. A Hope-best team score on a par-72 course in fall 2018 at the Aurora (Ill.) Invitational.
  • 6,500. The minimum 18-hole total yardage necessary for Division III men's golf competition on a part-72 course to comply with NCAA requirements.

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The five Hope freshmen golfers
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Photos by Lynne Powe, Mark Mahan and Alan Babbitt