GREENSBORO, N.C. – The No. 8 ranked Calvin men's golf team opened competition at the O'Briant-Jensen Invite on Monday at the Sedgefield Country Club. The Knights shot a combined round of 300 strokes. In a field filled with top-25 teams, the Knights are in fifth place.
"We battled the wind and rain all day and no one gave up," said head coach Dr. Brian Bolt. "Our day one score is not what we want it to be, but fortunately we are not out of it. We will have to make some adjustments tomorrow to the greens and the way the course plays. Each time we get a chance to play on Bermuda greens, our short games will improve. We are looking to post a competitive score tomorrow."
Junior Alec DeJonge (Niles, Mich./Brandywine) led the Knights with a round of 74 strokes on Monday. After shooting a four-over-par round in the front nine, DeJong had a birdie at No. 10 to finish the back nine at one-under-par. He currently sits tied for 16th place.
John Van Noord (Troy, Mich./Oakland Christian) finished the day with birdies on two of the three final holes.
Senior Ben VanScoyk (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) walked into the club house with a round of 75. He recorded three birdies on the day.
Freshman Sam Holland (Novi, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central) recorded a round of 76 strokes. He landed four birdies in the final eight holes, including the final two holes. Holland is tied for 36th place.
Junior Sam Kuiper (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) shot a round of 82 to finish tied for 84th place. Kuiper notched a birdie at the par-five No. 10 hole.
The Knights return to action On Tuesday for the final round of the two-day tournament.
No. 6 Methodist University leads at 290 strokes. Rounding up the top five is No. 2 Huntington at 292, No. 17 Guilford at 296 and No. 26 Carnegie Mellon at 298.