Saturday, April 28, 2012
ANGOLA, IN - The Calvin men’s golf team closed out a strong spring season, placing second at the Bill Gettig Invitational hosted by Trine University Saturday afternoon. Calvin posted a five-player score of 387. Host Trine took first place with a five-player team score of 376. Calvin’s spring season included two tournament titles (Sunshine Invitational & Furniture City Classic), two runner-up finishes (Knight Invite and Bill Gettig Invite) and a third place finish (Vic Cuiss Invite).In Saturday’s competition, freshman James Van Noord (Troy/Troy Athens HS) continued his stellar spring with a round of 73 that was good for second place individually. Sophomore Ross Ryzenga (Holland/Holland Christian HS) was close behind in third place with a score of 74. Sophomore Jake Hoogstrate (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was next with a round of 78 (tie for 16th) while junior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had an 80 (23rd) and freshman Jonathan Cook (Muskegon/Western Michigan Christian HS) an 82.
Monday, April 16, 2012
PIERSON - The Calvin men’s golf team posted a second place team finish at its own Knight Invite Monday afternoon at the Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club with a team score of 331 strokes. Playing in gale-force wind conditions and at times, driving rain, Calvin finished two strokes behind tournament champion Cornerstone and four strokes ahead of third place Trinity Christian College. The tournament field included 10 teams.Sophomore Jake Hoogstrate (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) led Calvin with an 80 that placed him in a tie for third place individually. Sophomore Ross Ryzenga (Holland/Holland Christian HS) also cracked the top 10, tying for sixth place individually with a round of 81.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
CASCADE - Calvin continued its strong spring campaign by taking first place at the Furniture City Classic Wednesday at the Quail Ridge Golf Club. Calvin finished the 36-hole tournament with a team score of 624 strokes, finishing two strokes ahead of second place Davenport. It marks Calvin’s second tournament title of the spring as the Knights also took first place at the Sunshine Invitational during its spring break trip three weeks ago. Junior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) led the way for the Knights by capturing medalist honors with a tournament score of 146. Kuiper blazed through the first 18 holes with a round of 69 and came back with an afternoon round of 77 to finish two over par. Sophomore teammate Jake Hoogstrate (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was close behind, finishing in second place in the final individual standings with a 36-hole total of 150 strokes (74-76) to finish six over par.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
JACKSON - Battling frigid temperatures, the Calvin men’s golf team finished third in a field of six teams at the Vic Cuiss Invitational hosted by Albion College Tuesday afternoon at the Jackson Country Club. Calvin posted a team score of 322 strokes with Alma taking first (313), Albion second (316), Spring Arbor fourth (323) and Olivet and Adrian tying for fifth (328). Calvin’s top individual was freshman James Van Noord (Troy/Troy Athens HS) with a round of 79 that was good for seventh place. Junior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids Christian HS) was next with a round of 80 that placed him in 10th place. Sophomore Ross Ryzenga (Holland Christian HS) had an 81, freshman Jonathan Cook (Western Michigan Christian HS) an 82 and freshman Michael Wierenga (South Christian HS) an 83
Friday, March 23, 2012
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - The Calvin men’s golf team captured first place at the two-day, 36-hole Sunshine Invitational on Friday. After opening with an 18-hole round team score of 311 at the Wannamaker Golf Course on Thursday, Calvin came back with a score of 298 on Friday at the Ryder Golf Course to finish with a final total of 609 strokes. Williams was second at 626 with Trinity of Connecticut third at 631. Sophomore Ross Ryzenga finished in second place in the final tournament standings with a two-day total of 151 strokes (75-76) and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Freshman Jon Cook finished tied for third with a total of 154 strokes (79-75) and also earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Freshman Michael Wierenga finished tied for sixth at 155 (82-73) while junior Ben Kuiper (76-81) and senior Brian Haverdink (82-75) were tied for eighth at 157.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - After one day of competition, Calvin is in first place at the 36-hole Sunshine Invitational. Calvin is one of three teams competing in the two-day invitational. Through 18 holes, Calvin is in first place with a team score of 311 strokes while NESCAC regular season champion Williams is in second place with 317 strokes and Trinity of Connecticut third with 323 strokes. Playing in high wind conditions, Calvin received balanced play led by sophomore Ross Ryzenga with a 75. Junior Ben Kuiper was close behind with a 76 while freshman Jon Cook had a 79. Rounding out Calvin’s team finishers were sophomore Mark Allen with an 81, freshman Michael Wierenga with an 82 and freshman James Van Noord with an 88. Competing as individuals for Calvin were senior Jake DeBoer with an 80, senior Brian Haverdink with an 82, sophomore Jake Hoogstrate with an 82 and sophomore Kory Kiefer with an 88. The tournament concludes with an 18-hole round on Friday and will be played at the nearby Ryder Course.
Sunday, January 01, 2012
It was an historic fall for Calvin men’s golfer Ben Kuiper. A junior from Grand Rapids, Mich., Kuiper became the first Calvin golfer since 1965 to claim MIAA Most Valuable Golfer honors. Kuiper did so with an MIAA season scoring average of 74.6 strokes-per-round, finishing three strokes ahead of the nearest competition.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Calvin College junior Ben Kuiper has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player in men’s golf. A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Kuiper is just the second MIAA Most Valuable Player from Calvin in men’s golf and the first since 1965 when Lloyd Dozeman received the honor. This past Saturday, Kuiper earned MIAA medalist honors by finishing on top of the MIAA individual standings with a season average of 74.6 strokes-per-round. In addition, Kuiper has earned a spot on the All-MIAA first team. He is the second individual from his family to earn All-MIAA first team honors as his brother Jon Kuiper was a first team All-MIAA selection in 2009.
Saturday, October 08, 2011
(Photo by Paul Evans)
ADRIAN - Calvin closed out its 2011 MIAA season with a fifth place showing at the eighth and final MIAA Jamboree of the year with a team score of 305 strokes. The MIAA Jamboree was hosted by Adrian on Saturday at the Lenawee Country Club. Calvin finishes in sixth place in the final MIAA overall standings. A highlight for Calvin on Saturday was the play of junior Ben Kuiper who fired a score of 72 on Saturday to finish in first place in the final MIAA individual standings. In doing so, Kuiper becomes the second MIAA medalist in Calvin men’s golf history and the first since Lloyd Dozeman did so in 1970. Kuiper finished the MIAA season with an average of 74.6 strokes-per-round. Kuiper’s round of 72 on Saturday was good for a tie for fourth place in the Jamboree.
Monday, October 03, 2011
(Photo by Paul Evans)
Home course advantage proved to be no advantage for the Calvin men’s golf team as the Knights finished seven at an MIAA Jamboree at their home course - the Watermark Country Club - with a score of 332 strokes. The seventh place finish diminishes Calvin’s chances at a top-four finish in the final MIAA regular season standings and a competing spot for an NCAA III Tournament bid at next springs MIAA Tournament. The Knights remain in sixth place in the league standings and are now 21 strokes behind fourth place Adrian. A bright spot for Calvin on Monday was the play of junior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) who tied for sixth place individually with a round of 76. Kuiper remains in first place in the overall MIAA individual standings with an average of 75.0 strokes-per-round.