WEST OLIVE, Mich. – The hopes of contending for the top spot in the MIAA standings took a major hit on Thursday as the men's golf team had their lowest finish to date in the seventh MIAA Jamboree hosted by Hope College. The Bulldogs lost small ground for fourth place in the standings as well which means they need a good strong finish as the top four teams will advance to the spring set of rounds that determine the MIAA's automatic representative in the NCAA's.
Adrian led Kalamazoo by 30 strokes heading into the round for fourth place and fired a 331. The Hornets could not take advantage by defeating Adrian by two strokes. Adrian maintains a comfortable lead for fourth entering the final jamboree. Hope made a statement towards winning the fall championship with a 290. They were 15 strokes better than Trine followed by Alma (314) and Calvin (316). Calvin led by six strokes entering today over Hope and 13 strokes over Trine.
The Bulldogs were led by Nick Hocker for the first time this fall. He fired a six-over par 77 and tied for ninth. Cam McKee tied for 26th with a score of 82. Jordan Pittman shot 83 and tied for 30th. Jarrett Patterson shot 89 and tied for 41st.