Men’s Golf Finishes 26th at NCAA III Championships
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
GREENSBORO, NC - Calvin rebounded from a difficult day one with a sterling effort on day two at the NCAA III Championships Wednesday afternoon on the West Course of the Grandover Resort. After shooting a team score of 317 on Tuesday, Calvin improved by a 20-stroke margin on Wednesday, carding a team score of 297 led by senior Jess Hendriksma who fired an even-par round of 72. Hendriksma (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) finished with a two-day total of 149 strokes after shooting 77 on day one.
Senior Eric Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) also had a strong outing on Wednesday, carding a one-over round of 73 after shooting 80 the day before. Sophomore Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) also had a good day on Wednesday, shooting (two-over) 74 while freshman Ross Ryzenga (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had a 78 and sophomore Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) an 80.
Calvin’s two-day team score of 614 was good for 26th place, allowing the Knights to move up eight spots from their day one standing. Calvin will not advance into the final two rounds as only the top 15 teams make the cut for the final 36 holes of competition.
Despite not advancing beyond Wednesday’s round, the Knights felt good about the way they completed play this afternoon. “We were pretty disappointed with the way we played yesterday,” said Calvin men’s golf coach Brian Bolt. “We had several puts inside of four feet that just wouldn’t drop for all five of our golfers yesterday. We were pretty determined to shoot better today. We actually had set a team goal of shooting 297 and we did just that.”
According to Bolt, Calvin’s competition at the NCAA III Championships was a valuable experience for his players and the Calvin men’s golf program. “I think the two things we learned is what it takes to compete at this level and also that we can compete at this level,” he said. “This is a valuable experience for our program and hopefully it will provide motivation for our team to get back to this tournament again.”
St. John’s of Minnesota currently leads the competition with a two-day total of 577 strokes. Chris Morris of Centre College is the individual leader with a two-day total of 132 (67-65).