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Try, try again...Calvin golfer learns important lesson
By Abe Huyser-Honig

Jon Kalmink was cut from the golf team his first year of high school. His sophomore year he was cut again. But instead of giving up, Kalmink just got more determined. Encouraged by his father, a Calvin alum who had been on the golf team, he practiced and competed even more, and in the end his persistence paid off. Kalmink golfed for Grosse Pointe South High School his junior and senior years, and for the past four years he's been an integral member of Calvin's golf team. His season average of 78.0 strokes this year was the third best in the MIAA and the best for Calvin.

"Physically, [golf] is a sport that's not very demanding, but it's such a mental challenge," said Kalmink. He attributes his impressive jump from breaking the top ten in only two MIAA competitions last year to being All-MIAA first team this year to an increased concentration on this mental aspect of the game.

"This summer I didn't really spend more time practicing, I just focused more," explained Kalmink, who displayed an impressive capacity for staying on top of his game in windy, poor conditions and for rebounding from poor starts this season.

"Jon is a competitor first and foremost, and secondly prepares for matches as well as anyone I have ever had," said men's golf coach Jim Timmer. "He knows every hole he's ever played and how it should be played."

Despite his personal accomplishments, Kalmink is most excited to talk about his team, which he said is really tight-"kind of odd for golf." "There was really a positive vibe, knowing that everyone was playing for the team," he said. Keeping in touch by email in the summer and getting to know each other on van rides contributed to the team spirit.

Timmer especially praises the four seniors this year (Kalmink, Bryan Hoekstra, Adam Derrickson, and Jason Rop) for being "an example of Christ's community."

Last interim Kalmink and Hoekstra even found themselves taking the same interim course in Hawaii. "We hit the range a couple of times, and golfed once," said Kalmink—but actually they were more interested in surfing!

Hoekstra has also lead an impressive career at Calvin: this year he won two tournaments in a row and finished All-MIAA first team and he's been a team captain for two years.

"Bryan had so many good rounds of golf at Calvin there isn't one or two that come to mind," said Timmer, "but I will always remember his lucky orange hat and his ability to lead the discussion in the van in the direction of Christian practice and caring."

Going into the final tournament of the season, Calvin was one of three MIAA-leading teams within a mere eight strokes of each other. Although Calvin ended up finishing third, they still set a school record with five individuals (Kalmink, Hoekstra, Derrickson, sophomore Ryan Brandsma, and junior Tony Karsten) placing in the top 12.

Timmer will miss Kalmink, who he said was "invaluable" as a team leader, for his dedication, integrity and sense of humor. Kalmink is also sad that it's over, but feels that he leaves the team in good hands.

Now that he has more free time Kalmink has started volunteering as an academic coach with Calvin's Student Academic Services. He will graduate this spring with a degree in business, and may pursue a position at Multi-Bank Securities, a firm in the Detroit area where he interned last summer.

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