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Men’s Golf Second at MIAA Jamboree #6 - Closes Gap on Field in Overall Standings

Monday, September 26, 2011

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WEST OLIVE - The Calvin men’s golf team continued its strong play, placing second at an MIAA Jamboree hosted by Hope Monday afternoon at the Wuskowhan Player’s Club. The Knights recorded a team score of 307 strokes behind the sterling play of junior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) who claimed medalist honors with a round of 71. It marks the second time in Kuiper’s career that he has earned medalist honors at an MIAA Jamboree. He now leads the MIAA individual standings with an average of 74.8 strokes-per-round.

Calvin remains in sixth place in the overall MIAA team standings with two MIAA Jamborees left to play but the Knights are now just four strokes out of third place and just eight strokes out of second place. Calvin is scheduled to host the next MIAA Jamboree on October 3 at the Watermark Country Club with the final competition set for October 8 at the Lenawee Country Club in Adrian.

Host Hope took first place at Monday’s Jamboree with a team score of 298 strokes. The Flying Dutchmen hold an 18-stroke lead over second place Adrian in the overall MIAA standings.

In addition to Kuiper’s medalist score of 71 on Monday, Calvin received a 77 from junior Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS), a 79 from freshman James VanNoord (Troy/Troy Athens HS), an 80 from senior Jake DeBoer (Byron Center/South Christian HS) and an 85 from freshman Michael Wierenga (Caledonia/South Christian HS).

In addition to the overall MIAA regular season title, teams are also vying for one of four spots in the NCAA III qualifying (54-hole) MIAA Tournament next spring. The top four teams in the final MIAA regular season standings this fall will qualify for the MIAA Tournament in the spring with the regular season champion hosting two 18-hole rounds and the regular season runner-up hosting one 18-hole round.

MIAA JAMBOREE #6 TEAM SCORES (9-26-11)

Hope 298
Calvin 307
Alma 309
Trine 310
Albion 313
Olivet 314
Adrian 327
Kalamazoo 336

MIAA MEN’S GOLF OVERALL TEAM STANDINGS THROUGH SIX ROUNDS

Hope - 1,835
Alma - 1,853
Adrian - 1,857
Trine - 1,857
Olivet - 1,858
Calvin - 1,861
Albion - 1,897
Kalamazoo - 2,005

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