Ben VanScoyk Finishes Storied Career at Calvin

Ben VanScoyk Finishes Storied Career at Calvin

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The storied career of Ben VanScoyk at Calvin College came to an end at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships on Friday afternoon. The Calvin senior recorded a round of 76 in the fourth and final round of the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships.

"It has been a blast coaching Ben through his college career," said Calvin head coach Dr. Brian Bolt. "Ben loves the game more than most.  He gets excited about each new season.  It's a tribute I his work ethic that he got better every year. I am very thankful for sharing these last four years with him.  He has grown as a player and leader, and I will truly miss him and his fellow senior teammates, John and Matthew. They all left a legacy for Calvin golf to follow."

Methodist won the NCAA title for the 12th time in program history with 1159 strokes. Brian Peccie of Washington & Lee won a playoff to claim the individual title.

VanScoyk had a four-day total of 294 strokes to finish tied for 24th place. He battled throughout the week, including winning a four-man playoff to extend his career two more rounds.

A senior from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ben VanScoyk finishes with the lowest career average in program history. With 74 rounds of golf under his belt, VanScoyk finished with an average of 73.53 strokes. Fellow senior, John Van Noord was right behind with an average of 74.34 strokes.

Earlier this week, Ben VanScoyk was named to the NCAA Division III CGAA Great Lakes All-Region Team for the fourth time in his career.

The Grand Rapids native was a four-time All-MIAA selection and was the MIAA Most Valuable Golfer in the 2015-16 season.

VanScoyk was a six-time medalist in his career. The lowest round of his career was at the 2015 Lou Collins Memorial Tournament, where he shot a round of 67.

The season, VanScoyk finished with a career-best average of 72.78 strokes.

He finished his career at Calvin with three birdies on the back nine, including on his final hole at No. 18.

"It has been an incredible experience," said Ben VanScoyk. "I have grown so much as a golfer and as a person. I have felt a great amount of support from the Calvin community in the last week as I have competed at nationals. The moments I have had at Calvin are ones I'll never forget."