2012 Calvin Women’s Golf Outlook
Monday, August 20, 2012
By Jordan Brink
Calvin is seeking to build upon a strong 2011-12 campaign that saw the Knights finish fourth in the final MIAA regular season standings and qualify for the four-team MIAA spring tournament for the first time in school history. While Calvin is bringing in new talent to the program, three experienced letter-winners return. Seniors Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Rachel Whitaker (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Northern HS) combine with Junior Carlia Canto (Marysville/Port Huron Northern HS) to put together a strong nucleus of experience and success. Doezema and Canto were both members of the All-MIAA second team last fall.
“It is no secret that we are going to rely on the experience of our three returners,” said Calvin’s women golf coach Jerry Bergsma, “but to achieve success as a team we need five solid scores every match, and I am very optimistic that we have the golfers to do that.”
It helps to have a golfer as skilled and talented as Carlia Canto. Canto looks to continue her successful career at Calvin, coming off an excellent sophomore campaign in which she finished the MIAA fall season with an overall average of 82.7 strokes-per-round, establishing a new Calvin single-season record. Canto was selected to the All-MIAA second team last season, finishing seventh in the final MIAA individual women’s golf standings. Canto was also voted to the all-tournament team of the 2011 MIAA Fall Tournament.
Doezema returns for her fourth and final season in a Knights uniform and hopes to finish her career off strong. Also a talented tennis player for Calvin, the two-sport athlete has been selected to the women’s golf All-MIAA second team for two consecutive seasons. Just like her coach, Doezema believes that experience and leadership will be focal points this fall. “We have three returning players who are very experienced with golf and leadership, so we will definitely have to use that to help the younger players.”
A member of the 2012 MIAA Academic Honor Roll, the Knights also depend on Whitaker to put together another solid season.
“The biggest goal for this season is no different than the last three years,” Coach Bergsma says, “finishing in the top four of our conference and qualifying for the spring season is the biggest thing we want to accomplish.”
Last season Calvin took fourth in the MIAA fall standings with a team average of 350.5 strokes-per-round, establishing a new Calvin single-season team record (team average). In finishing fourth, Calvin also qualified for the first time for the four team MIAA spring NCAA III qualification tournament. Calvin finished fourth in the 54-hole MIAA spring tournament behind St. Mary’s, Hope, and Olivet.
Calvin will open its season on August 31 when it competes in a dual meet against Aquinas at Thornapple Pointe Golf Club. The Knights will then compete in the two-day (September 7 and 8) Olivet Invitational before traveling to Naperville, IL for a tournament hosted by North Central College on September 18. The four MIAA league tournaments kick off two days later (September 20) at Olivet’s Medalist Golf Course. This season Calvin and Hope were selected to compete in the Calvin/Hope DIII Challenge on September 28 and 29. The teams will face off back-to- back days at each other’s home courses, beginning at Thornapple Point Golf Course in, Calvin’s home course. The fall season concludes on October 12 and 13 at the 36-hole MIAA Tournament at Bedford Valley Country Club in Battle Creek. Just like last year, the top four teams in the final fall standings will then be eligible to compete in the spring for the MIAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA III National Tournament.