Head coach Scott Lokers shares his insights on the Hope College men’s golf team in this week’s edition of the Hope Athletics Orange and Blue Podcast with sports information director Alan Babbitt.
Lokers is in his fourth season leading the Flying Dutchmen on the links. He has guided Hope to two NCAA Division III Championship appearances and two Top-10 finishes at nationals during his tenure. The Flying Dutchmen were runner-up in the MIAA last season.
This season has started in a different and unprecedented fashion. With competition for the Flying Dutchmen and most NCAA Division III schools across the country postponed this fall due to COVID-19 pandemic, their focus is on skill development and building camaraderie.
“We are really young, which …. gives us the opportunity to challenge and the fun part of trying to grow together.”Head Coach Scott Lokers
Lokers talks about how he and his golfers are trying to make the most of their fall and prepare for competing in the spring. Hope’s roster is composed of 11 golfers: five freshmen, four sophomores, one junior, and one senior. The Flying Dutchmen graduated senior Daniel Settecerri, a 2019-20 College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American and two-time, All-MIAA golfer.
Luke Tapini (Wayzata, Minnesota) is Hope’s lone returning senior. Austin Zolman (Wyoming, Michigan) is the returning junior.
Sophomore Jack Crawford (Carmel, Indiana) is another key veteran for Hope. He earned All-MIAA recognition last season after recording the league’s fifth-lowest scoring average: 74.5 over 108 holes last fall.
“We are really young, which …. gives us the opportunity to challenge and the fun part of trying to grow together,” Lokers says.
During the podcast, Lokers also chats about his career as a pastor and consultant for the Reformed Church in America, his own start in the game of golf, how he began coaching with the Flying Dutchmen, and his inspiring 101-year-old father, Ray.