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Men’s Golf Clinches MIAA Regular Season Title With Third Place Finish at Final MIAA Jamboree

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

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MARSHALL - The Calvin men’s golf team claimed the first MIAA title of the 2012-13 academic year, placing third at the eighth and final MIAA Jamboree of the year Tuesday afternoon at the Medalist Golf Club with a team score of 324 strokes. Calvin finished five strokes behind second place Hope and 12 strokes behind first place Adrian but finished 10 strokes ahead of Hope in the final MIAA overall standings. The league title is Calvin’s second in the last three years in men’s golf. Calvin will now host two of the three 18-hole rounds that make up the 54-hole MIAA Spring Tournament next spring. The spring tournament determines the league’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA III Tournament in May. Calvin will be one of four teams teams competing in the tournament along with Hope, Trine and Adrian. In Tuesday’s round, Calvin was led by junior Jake Hoogstrate with a 79 while senior Ben Kuiper had an 80, sophomore James VanNoord had an 81, senior Dave Sarkipato an 84 and junior Ross Ryzenga a 93. Kuiper was named to the All-MIAA first team for the second straight year while Sarkipato landed a spot on the All-MIAA second team.

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Men’s Golf Third at MIAA Jamboree at Watermark - Remains in First Place in Overall Standings

Monday, October 01, 2012

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CASCADE - With one league tournament left to be played, the MIAA men’s golf race has tightened up. Calvin remains the league leader but rival Hope is now within 15 strokes of the Knights with Trine University 19 strokes behind.Calvin took third at Monday’s MIAA Jamboree hosted by the Knights at the Watermark Country Club with a team score of 311 strokes. Hope took first place with a team score of 299 with Trine second at 310.The final MIAA Jamboree of the year is scheduled for October 9 at the Medalist Golf Club with Albion College set to host.  The winner of the MIAA fall standings will claim the league’s regular season championship and will also host two of the three 18-hole rounds for the MIAA’s 54-hole spring tournament which determines the automatic qualifier to the NCAA III Tournament.

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Men’s Golf Wins MIAA Jamboree at Alma - Widens Overall Lead in MIAA Standings

Saturday, September 29, 2012

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ALMA - The Calvin men’s golf team got back on the winning track with a first place team score of 301 strokes at the sixth MIAA Jamboree of the year. The jamboree was hosted on Saturday by Alma at the Pine River Country Club. With two MIAA Jamborees left to play, Calvin has a 20-stroke lead over second place Trine and a 27-stroke lead over third place Hope. Calvin will host the upcoming MIAA Jamboree this Monday at the Watermark Country Club in Cascade. Calvin has now taken first place at four MIAA Jamborees this year - marking the most first place team finishes in school history in a single year.

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Men’s Golf Takes Fourth at MIAA Jamboree - Remains in Overall MIAA Lead

Thursday, September 27, 2012

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ANGOLA, IN - The Calvin men’s golf remains in sole possession of first place in the overall season MIAA standings but the race has tightened up. Calvin entered Thursday’s MIAA Jamboree at Trine University’s Zollner Golf Club with a 22-stroke lead but host Trine narrowed the gap with a first place total of 288 strokes. Calvin was fourth with 297 strokes while Hope took second (291) and Adrian third (294). Calvin’s top golfer on Thursday was junior Jake Hoogstrate (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) with a 72 that was good for a seventh place tie individually. Senior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had a 74 while senior Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) had a 75. Junior Mark Allen (Oconomowoc, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) and sophomore James VanNoord (Troy/Troy Athens HS) both had rounds of 76.

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Men’s Golf Wins MIAA Jamboree Hosted by Hope - Widens Leads in MIAA Overall Standings to 22 Strokes

Monday, September 24, 2012

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WEST OLIVE - At the midpoint of the MIAA season, the Calvin men’s golf team has taken a 22-stroke lead for first place in the league standings. The Knights did so with a first place score of 304 strokes at an MIAA Jamboree hosted by Hope at the Wuskowhan Player’s Club Monday afternoon.The first place score was 11 strokes better than second place Alma and more importantly 20 strokes ahead of Trine University which trailed Calvin by just two strokes heading into Monday. Senior Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) overcame a score of 9 on his third hole of the day to finish the day with a first place of 73. It marks the first time that Sarkipato has claimed medalist honors in his collegiate career.

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Calvin Men’s Golf Takes First Place at MIAA Jamboree #3 - Takes Sole Possession of MIAA Overall Lead

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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BATTLE CREEK - The Calvin men’s golf team is in sole possession of first place of the MIAA overall standings after recording a first place team score of 305 strokes Wednesday afternoon at an MIAA Jamboree hosted by Olivet at the Bedford Valley Country Club. The team score pushes Calvin into a two-stroke lead in the overall MIAA standings over Trine University. Trine placed second in Wednesday’s competition with a score of 307. Senior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) led the way for Calvin with a score of 71 that was good for first place medalist honors. The round also keeps Kuiper - the defending MIAA season medalist - in first place in the MIAA season individual standings as he holds a three-round average of 72.7 strokes-per-round.

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Men’s Golf Takes First Place at MIAA Jamboree - Moves Into Share of Overall Lead in MIAA Standings

Saturday, September 15, 2012

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ADRIAN - Calvin came up big in the second MIAA Jamboree of the year, firing a first place team score of 295 strokes at the Lenawee Country Club. The first place score vaults the Knights into a tie for first place in the overall team standings with Trine University. Through two league tournaments, Calvin and Trine have totals of 604 strokes 10 strokes ahead of third place Adrian. The MIAA fall men’s golf season consists of eight league tournaments with the top four teams at the conclusion of the fall season advancing to the 54-hole MIAA spring tournament which determines the league’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA III Tournament. Sophomore James Van Noord (Troy/Troy Athens HS) led Calvin with a score of 72 that allowed him to finish in a three-way tie for first place medalist honors. All five golfers in Calvin’s starting lineup fired rounds under 80 as senior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had a 73, junior Mark Allen (Oconomowoc, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) a 74, senior Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) a 76 and sophomore Michael Wierenga (Caledonia/South Christian HS) a 78. Wierenga had a special moment with a hole-in-one on the par 3 12th hole.

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Men’s Golf Ties For Fourth at MIAA Jamboree Hosted by Kalamazoo

Saturday, September 08, 2012

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KALAMAZOO Ė The Calvin menís golf team opened its 2012 MIAA schedule on Saturday at a league jamboree hosted by Kalamazoo College at the Milham Park Golf Club. Calvin finished tied for fourth place with Olivet with a team score of 309 strokes, finishing seven strokes behind Hope and Trine which tied for first place at 302 and three strokes behind Adrian which placed third. Senior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) led Calvin with a round of 74 that was good for fourth place individually on Saturday. Sophomores Michael Wierenga (Caledonia/South Christian HS) and James Van Noord (Troy/Troy Athens HS) were next with rounds of 78 while senior Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) had a 79 and junior Ross Ryzenga (Hol-land/Holland Christian HS) an 83.

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Men’s Golf Takes Fifth at Olivet Lou Collins Memorial Tournament

Saturday, September 01, 2012

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BATTLE CREEK - Calvin had a stellar final day of competition at the Olivet College Lou Collins Memorial Tournament on Saturday to finish fifth in the final team standings. After sitting in a tie for seventh place through Friday’s competition, Calvin came back with a team score of 301 on Saturday to finish with a final 36-hole score of 614 strokes, one stroke behind fourth place Alma. Calvin had five players fire sub-80 rounds on Saturday led by senior Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo Christian HS) who had a 74 while senior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids Christian HS) and sophomore Michael Wierenga (South Christian HS) had rounds of 75. Junior Ross Ryzenga (Holland Christian HS) and sophomore James Van Noord (Troy Athens HS) had rounds of 77. Kuiper finished in 19th place individually with a two-day total of 151 strokes.

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Men’s Golf Takes Fifth at Olivet Lou Collins Memorial Tournament

Saturday, September 01, 2012

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BATTLE CREEK - Calvin had a stellar final day of competition at the Olivet College Lou Collins Memorial Tournament on Saturday to finish fifth in the final team standings. After sitting in a tie for seventh place through Friday’s competition, Calvin came back with a team score of 301 on Saturday to finish with a final 36-hole score of 614 strokes, one stroke behind fourth place Alma. Calvin had five players fire sub-80 rounds on Saturday led by senior Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo Christian HS) who had a 74 while senior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids Christian HS) and sophomore Michael Wierenga (South Christian HS) had rounds of 75. Junior Ross Ryzenga (Holland Christian HS) and sophomore James Van Noord (Troy Athens HS) had rounds of 77. Kuiper finished in 19th place individually with a two-day total of 151 strokes.

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