By Lynn Bolt Rosendale
The golf season this year was a bit of a roller coaster ride for sophomore Jeff TenBrink, who started the year with an 89 and then promptly went out and shot a 70 in the next competition.
TenBrink’s mid-season form held him in the mid-70s before rising up to the low 80s to finish the season.
“I started with an 89,” said TenBrink. “I never shoot an 89.”
But the turnaround for his second round was almost as inexplicable. “Nothing changed inside me,” he said. “I just shot a boring round of golf with 14 or 15 pars and a few birdies and bogeys.”
But the “boring” rounds are usually the best for TenBrink, he said. “When I’m playing well, I lose myself in the round,” he said. “I don’t even keep track of what my score is for the round. I just focus on each shot, rather than looking ahead at what could be.”
TenBrink hopes to have more rounds like that next year.
“I wasn’t happy with the season,” said TenBrink. “The final result didn’t match my goals. There is definitely room for improvement.”
“Jeff has tremendous potential. He has shown the ability to shoot under par and be a medalist, but I think he would agree he would like to be more consistent,” added 2004 coach Jim Timmer, Jr.
TenBrink finished the season with a 78.1 average. Overall, the Knights placed fifth, dropping from a second-place finish in 2003. Calvin has never won the MIAA in men’s golf.
A Kalamazoo Christian graduate, TenBrink played four years on his high school team. During his senior year, he placed fourth in the state.
He hopes to work on his golf game over the summer. “I plan to practice a lot more this summer, not just play more,” he said. “I think I’m capable of a lot more, and I want to get to that point.”
In fact, he would like to see the team return to its 2003 form.
Under new coach Brian Bolt, the team is hoping to add some new recruits. Bolt replaces Timmer, who will be taking over as Calvin’s baseball coach this spring.
“I am looking forward to getting to know Jeff and the rest of the team,” said Bolt. “I am hoping for continued improvement from all of them.”
TenBrink, who is majoring in business, would like to pursue a career with a golf manufacturing company.
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