BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – The Calvin men's golf finished in second place at the 2016 MIAA Fall Finish at the Battle Creek Country Club. The Knights recorded a two-day score of 599 strokes. Calvin shot a combined round of 302 on Saturday and finished with three golfers in the top-10. Hope took first place at 593 strokes and won the MIAA title at 1760 strokes, 33 strokes ahead of Calvin in second place at 1793. The Knights second-place finish secures a spot in the MIAA Spring Tournament, for a chance to automatically qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Calvin will host the first of the three rounds of the MIAA Automatic Qualifier, Hope will host the final two.
"We accomplished some good things this weekend," said Calvin head coach Brian Bolt. "As a team, we moved into second place, which means that we get to host one round in the automatic qualifier. We also had the low individual round each day, including the overall medalist in Ben VanScoyk. We're positioned well for the spring, when we plan to come out firing."
Junior Ben VanScoyk (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) earned medalist honors this weekend with a two-day total of 144 strokes. VanScoyk improved two strokes from Friday to finish one under at 71, the lowest round of the day. VanScoyk was named to the All-MIAA first team for a second-straight year.
Finishing in fourth place was junior John Van Noord (Troy, Mich./Oakland Christian). Shooting a round of 77 on Saturday, Van Noord finished the tournament at 147 strokes. Van Noord claimed All-MIAA first team honors for the third-straight year.
Sophomore Sam Kuiper (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) finished tied for eighth place, after improving three strokes from Friday and recorded a round of 75 on Saturday, for a two-day total of 153 strokes. Kuiper earned All-MIAA second team honors.
Freshman Joshua Song (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar) finished tied for 11th place. Song shot a round of 79 on Saturday to finish at 155 on the weekend.
Sophomore Alec DeJonge (Niles, Mich./Niles) tallied a round of 82 on Saturday to finish in 24th place at 161 strokes.
Playing unattached, junior Alex Wagner (Pentwater, Mich./Pentwater) finished in 29th place at 164 strokes, after shooting a round of 84 on Saturday.
Josh Gibson of Hope was named the MIAA MVP.
The Knights will return to action in the spring, visit calvinknights.com to see the full spring schedule, once it is announced.
1. Hope 593
2. Calvin 599
3. Kalamazoo 613
T-4. Albion 632
T-4. Trine 632
6. Adrian 636
7. Alma 658
8. Olivet 679
1. Hope 1760 ^*
2. Calvin 1793 *
3. Kalamazoo 1806 *
4. Trine 1838 *
5. Adrian 1885
6. Albion 1887
7. Alma 1982
8. Olivet 2020
^ - Champion * - MIAA Automatic Qualifier Participant