Feels Like the First Time - Calvin Men’s Golf Team Wins First-Ever MIAA Title - Earns NCAA Bid
Saturday, October 09, 2010
ALMA - There is a first time for everything. On Saturday, the time was right for the Calvin men’s golf team as it captured its first-ever MIAA title.
Trailing by 19 strokes heading into the eighth and final MIAA Jamboree of the season, Calvin overcame the deficit to win the league crown by two strokes over Trine University. Calvin posted a team score of 296 at Saturday’s jamboree, hosted by Alma at the Pine River Country Club. Trine posted a team score of 317, 21 strokes behind Calvin, allowing the Knights to come-from-behind in dramatic fashion. Calvin finished the season with an eight-round total of 2411 strokes with Trine second at 2413.
Defending MIAA champion Hope had a team score of 303 on Saturday to finish third in the final league standings (2420), nine strokes behind Calvin.
Calvin has competed in men’s golf since joining the MIAA in time for the 1953-54 academic year but had never finished higher than second in the final team standings. A year ago, Calvin finished in a three-way tie for second place with Albion and Trine. Calvin also had runner-up finishes in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2000 and 2003.
“We had no idea we had won until they started posting the (individual) scores one-by-one on the board at the end of the day,” said Calvin men’s golf coach Brian Bolt. “As the scores went up, we started to do the math and when it became official, it was just an incredible feeling of surprise and joy. I’m just thrilled for our guys and extremely proud to represent Calvin College.”
With the MIAA title, Calvin gains its first-ever bid to the NCAA III Championships, scheduled for May 10-13 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Guilford College will serve as host with the competition slated to be held at the Grandover Resort.
Calvin had a number of sterling individual efforts on Saturday led by freshman David Veen (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) who fired a 71 to share medalist honors with Hope senior Chris Ansel. Veen is the fourth individual from Calvin to earn MIAA medalist honors this year as sophomore Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), senior Jess Hendriksma (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Eric Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) also achieved the feat earlier in the year.
Doezema also had a day to remember, firing a round of 73 highlighted by a hole-in-one on the 183-yard 13th hole with a seven-iron. Doezema closed out his 2010 MIAA season in sizzling style, finishing with rounds of 74, 71 and Saturday’s round of 73. Sophomore Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) also had a clutch performance with a round of 75 Saturday while Hendriksma had a 77 and Kuiper an 81.
Hendriksma also earned a spot on the All-MIAA first team, finishing with a season average of 74.5 strokes-per-round, the second-best single-season average in Calvin men’s golf history. Doezema earned a spot on the All-MIAA second team. Calvin finished the year by winning three of the MIAA Jamborees.
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