Ben VanScoyk Posts a Thrilling Thursday at NCAA Championships

Ben VanScoyk Posts a Thrilling Thursday at NCAA Championships

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Ben VanScoyk had a thrilling Thursday at the NCAA Division III Championships. The Calvin senior won a four-man playoff to advance in the morning. VanScoyk shot a two-under-par round of 70 on Thursday.

"Ben showed a lot of toughness today," said Calvin head coach Dr. Brian Bolt. "He was mentally tough in the playoff this morning and he was able to advance. He then followed that up with a solid round of golf."

A senior from Grand Rapids, Michigan, VanScoyk is currently tied for 15th place at 218 strokes after three days of competition.

The day started with a four-man playoff for the final individual spot in the championships. After playing one playoff hole on Wednesday evening, two more rounds were needed on Thursday to fill the final spot. VanScoyk hit par on the first playoff hole on Thursday morning that bounced Ryan Muthiora of Kenyon. VanScoyk then sank Grady Anderson of North Carolina Wesleyan and Evan Yue of Goucher with a birdie.

The Grand Rapids native opened the third round of play with a birdie on No. 10.

After a bogey on No. 11, VanScoyk shot par for six-straight holes.

VanScoyk sank back-to-back birdies at No. 18 and No. 1 to go two-under-par for the day.

The Calvin senior closed the day with birdies on No. 6 and No. 8 to finish the day at 70 strokes.

The round of 70 is VanScoyk's lowest round since March, when he recorded a round of 69 at the Wynlakes Colliegate. The round of 70 was also the lowest of any MIAA golfer on Thursday, with Kade Hoeksema of Hope breaking even at 72.

Brian Peccie of Washington & Lee leads the pack after three days. As a team, Methodist has the lead heading into the final day of play.

VanScoyk closes the season on Friday on the fourth and final round at the NCAA Division III Championships.