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Men’s Golf Prepares for Competition at NCAA III Tournament

Sunday, May 08, 2011

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NCAA III Men's Golf Championships Site

GREENSBORO, NC - The Calvin men’s golf team will make it first-ever appearance in the NCAA III Tournament this week. Led by head coach Brian Bolt, the Knights will begin play on Tuesday morning at 7:50 a.m. Competing for the Calvin men’s golf team will be seniors Jess Hendriksma (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Eric Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), sophomores Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) and freshman Ross Ryzenga (Holland/Holland Christian HS).

Competition will take place at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina. Guilford College will serve as host. Calvin will open play on Tuesday morning and will be joined by teams from Skidmore and Texas Lutheran. On Wednesday, Calvin will tee off with the same three teams beginning at 11:10 a.m.

Calvin is one of 40 teams competing at the four-day event. After Wednesday’s 18-hole round, the 40-team field will be paired down to 15. Calvin is one four teams making its first appearance at the NCAA III Championships. Penn-State Harrisburg, North Central (MN) and Carroll (WI) are the other three. Defending national champion Methodist (NC) is the most experienced team in the field as it is making its 31st appearance at the national tournament.

Calvin earned an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament by winning the MIAA title in thrilling fashion this past fall. Calvin entered the eighth and final MIAA Tournament of the year trailing league-leading Trine University by 19 strokes but finished 21 strokes ahead of the Thunder on the final day of league play to win its first-ever conference title - doing so by a two-stroke margin.

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NCAA III Men’s Golf Championships Site

First and Second Round Pairings

THE CALVIN COLLEGE LINEUP

Jess Hendriksma (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS)

*2010 1st Team All-MIAA selection
*2010 MIAA Scoring average of 74.5 (2nd in MIAA standings)
*2010 MIAA Tri-Medalist at MIAA Tournament #5
*2011 Co-Medalist at Hope/Calvin Wooden Shoes Challenge
*2011 Vic Cuiss All-Tournament Team Selection
*2009 2nd Team All-MIAA selection

Eric Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS)

*2010 2nd Team All-MIAA selection
*2010 MIAA Scoring Average of 75.9
*2010 Medalist at MIAA Tournament #7
*Two-sport athlete at Calvin - also a member of Calvin ACHA Ice Hockey team

Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS)

*2010 MIAA Scoring Average of 76.9
*2010 Medalist at MIAA Tournament #2
*2011 Vic Cuiss All-Tournament Team Selection
*2009 MIAA Season Scoring Average of 79.1

Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS)
*2010 MIAA Scoring Average of 77.1
*Sixth at MIAA Tournament #8 in 2010
*2009 MIAA Scoring Average of 77.1
*Sixth at MIAA Tournament #3 in 2009

Ross Ryzenga (Holland/Holland Christian HS)
*Moved Into Calvin Lineup During Spring 2011 Season
*Carded Round of 78 at 2011 Vic Cuiss Invitational
*Named to Vic Cuiss All-Tournament Team in 2011

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