Coble, Lakers Lead After Two Rounds of 2023 Folds of Honor Challenge
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The first two rounds of the 2023 Folds of Honor Challenge took place on Sunday at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. Drew Coble and his Grand Valley State Lakers lead heading into Monday’s final round.
Wayne State’s Mat Hawryluk and Josh DiCarlo used a two-under 69 each to put the Warriors in the team lead by seven strokes after Round 1. Hawryluk, the senior from Chatham, Ontario, Canada, recorded six birdies, and DiCarlo, the redshirt senior from Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, birdied three of his last six holes to close the round.
After five birdies on the front nine but none on the back, Coble entered the second round one back. The senior from Lake Orion, Mich. then birdied three of his first six holes to regain the lead he had earlier in the day.
“Trust what you’ve got on the day and stay patient,” he said. “I played pretty solid today, but there are 18 holes to go and this is a really good field. Just have to take it one shot at a time tomorrow.”
Defending NJCAA Division I national champion Indian Hills had the lowest round and highest jump of Round 2. Led by national individual champion Jose Miguel Ramirez and his tournament-low 66 (-5 on six birdies), the Warriors carded a 281 (-3) to move into fourth place, one shot behind Aurora.
Monday’s final round shotgun will start at 8:30 AM EST and live scoring can be viewed on Golfstat or at the link above. The winning school at the 2023 Folds of Honor Challenge will receive an invitation to compete in the 2024 Folds of Honor Collegiate held at American Dunes Golf Club in Grand Haven, Mich., and televised nationally on Golf Channel.
About Folds of Honor
Folds of Honor is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of military members who have fallen or been disabled while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Beginning in 2022, it expanded its mission to include first responders. Our educational scholarships support private school tuition or tutoring in grades K-12, tuition for college, technical or trade school and post-graduate work, including a master’s degree, doctorate, or professional program. Funds for a second bachelor’s degree or trade/technical program certification are also available. Since its inception in 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded about 44,000 scholarships totaling about $200 million in all 50 states. Among the students served, 41 percent are minorities. It is rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator and Platinum on GuideStar. It was founded by Lt Col Dan Rooney, the only-ever F-16 fighter pilot (with three combat tours in Iraq) and PGA Professional. He is currently stationed at Headquarters Air Force Recruiting Service Detachment 1, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. For more information or to donate in support of a Folds of Honor scholarship visit foldsofhonor.org.
About Golf Coaches Association of America
Established in 1958, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) is the professional organization of men's collegiate golf coaches. The GCAA's mission is to support its member coaches from six divisions, including the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA, by creating educational opportunities, providing resources, and promoting its members with the purpose of enhancing their overall performance as coaches, mentors, and teachers. The GCAA also recognizes the excellence and achievements of its members and their student-athletes in academic, athletic, and civic endeavors. For more information about the GCAA, please visit www.collegiategolf.com.
About The Meadows at Grand Valley State University
The Meadows has been the host of nine NCAA National Championships including the NCAA Division II Women's National Championships in 1996, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2011, and 2015, as well as NCAA Division II Men's National Championship in 2001, 2007, and 2014. Playing at 7,060 yards from the tips with a course/slope rating of 74.2/133, this links-style wonderland has a rotation of holes that will throw a little bit of everything at you. Wetlands and well-bunkered greens make clear thinking a priority. Please visit www.gvsu.edu/meadows for more information.