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Men’s Golf 7th Through Day One of Lou Collins Memorial Tournament

Friday, August 31, 2012

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Lou Collins Memorial Tournament Results Day One

BATTLE CREEK - The Calvin men’s golf team is tied for seventh through one day of competition of the Lou Collins Memorial Tournament held at the Bedford Valley Country Club. Calvin fired a first day total of 313 strokes and is tied with Hope for seventh place in a field of 15 teams. Indiana Wesleyan leads the tournament with a first day total of 298 strokes.Senior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS)  was Calvin’s top golfer on Friday with a round of 76 . He was followed by senior Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) and junior Ross Ryzenga (Holland/Holland Christian HS) with rounds of 78.

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2012 Calvin Men’s Golf Outlook

Monday, August 20, 2012

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2012 Calvin Men's Golf Schedule

By Mark DeHaan

A year after capturing its first MIAA championship, the Calvin men’s golf team’s repeat bid was dismantled by a rash of injuries and an inconsistent line-up. Still, the Knights finished sixth in the MIAA and vied for a spot in the spring tournament through the very end of the fall season. Returning all but one golfer from last season and two All-MIAA performers, this fall promises to be exciting for the Knights’ golf squad. Both of Calvin’s All-MIAA performers, Ben Kuiper and Dave Sarkipato, will be seniors this year. Sarkipato was named to the second team All-MIAA while Kuiper was named to the first team All-MIAA and the MIAA MVP. Kuiper’s average round of 74.6 was best in conference and gave Calvin its first MIAA MVP in men’s golf since 1965. Kuiper was also named to the Division III Ping Great Lakes All-Region team.

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Calvin Lands 123 Scholar-Athletes on MIAA Academic Honor Roll

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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2011-12 MIAA Academic Honor Roll

The 2011-12 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 123 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the list. The honor roll recognizes scholar-athletes who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2010-11 academic year. A student needed to have won a varsity letter in a sport to be eligible. The MIAA Academic Honor Roll program was initiated in 1990 to recognize students at MIAA member colleges who excel both in athletics and in the classroom.

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Ben Kuiper Named to Division III Ping Great Lakes All-Region Men’s Golf Team

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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Calvin College junior Ben Kuiper has been named to the Ping Division III Great Lakes All-Region men’s golf team announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Kuiper is one of 72 players spread across six different regions to be so honored. A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Kuiper was the MIAA Most Valuable Player and a first team All-MIAA selection this past fall, finishing first in the final MIAA standings with an average of 74.6 strokes-per-round. In doing so, he became the first MIAA medalist from Calvin since Lloyd Dozeman accomplished the feat in 1970 and the first MIAA Most Valuable Player from Calvin since Dave Tuls accomplished the feat in 1965. Kuiper then continued his strong play during the spring, taking home medalist honors at the Furniture City Classic in April. He is the third individual in as many years from Calvin to earn Ping All-Region honors as his older brother Jon Kuiper was so honored in 2010 while Jess Hendriksma was a Ping All-Region choice in 2011. All three individuals are graduates of Grand Rapids Christian High School.

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Men’s Golf Takes Second at Bill Gettig Invitational

Saturday, April 28, 2012

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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.

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Men’s Golf Takes Second at Knight Invite

Monday, April 16, 2012

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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.

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Men’s Golf Captures Furniture City Classic Title at Quail Ridge Golf Club

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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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.

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Men’s Golf Takes Third at Vic Cuiss Invitational

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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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

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Men’s Golf Captures Sunshine Invitational Title

Friday, March 23, 2012

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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.

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Men’s Golf Takes Opening Round Lead at Sunshine Invitational in Port St. Lucie, FL

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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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.

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