2008 Women’s Golf Preview
Friday, August 22, 2008
The 2008 Calvin women’s golf team will seek to continue the momentum it generated in 2007 when it posted a school record scoring average of 377.6 strokes per round in MIAA play.
Calvin returns its top two golfers from its record breaking 2007 season in juniors Kelli Visser and Emily Tuuk who both hail from Grand Rapids and are graduates of Grand Rapids Christian High School. A transfer from the University of Michigan, Tuuk made an immediate impact on the Calvin squad last fall and steadily progressed, firing three sub-90 rounds during the MIAA season. Visser also came up with a superb sophomore campaign, averaging 91.8 strokes-per-round after averaging 99.3 strokes-per-round in 2006.
Calvin will have to find a way to replace its number-three golfer in junior Julienne Louters (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) who will be studying overseas during the fall semester.
Incoming golfers looking to fill spots will be freshmen Katie Berghuis (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS), Kelsey Kolk (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) and Denise Elzinga (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS).
Calvin will open its season with a triangular with Hope and Cornerstone at the Macatawa Legends Golf Club Labor Day weekend. Calvin’s first MIAA outing will be on September 6 when the Knights compete at the Medalist Golf Club with Olivet College serving as host. Calvin will also host a league outing on September 24 at the Thornapple Pointe Golf Club.
In addition, Calvin will compete at the Olivet Invitational September 12 and 13 and the Siena Heights Invitational October 4. The 36-hole MIAA Tournament is slated to be held October 10 and 11 at the Bedford Valley Country Club. The final league standings for the MIAA title will be determined by the combination of strokes accumulated during the four MIAA outings in September and the two rounds of the MIAA Tournament in October. A separate spring season of three rounds will then take place with the winner of the spring season receiving the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament in May.
Calvin will also seek to continue its high academic standards as the Knights earned the MIAA Team GPA Award for the 2007-08 academic year, posting a cumulative team grade point average of 3.472. Tuuk, Visser and Louters were all named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for maintaining individual cumulative grade point averages of 3.50 or above.