October 7 - MIAA Athlete of the Week
|Sep. 30||Adrian, Albion, Alma, Calvin, Hope, Kalamazoo, Olivet, Trine *||MIAA Jamboree #4 - Kalamazoo Country Club|
|Oct. 04||Adrian, Albion, Alma, Calvin, Hope, Kalamazoo, Olivet, Trine *||MIAA Fall Final - Forest Akers West|
|Oct. 05||Adrian, Albion, Alma, Calvin, Hope, Kalamazoo, Olivet, Trine *||MIAA Fall Final - Forest Akers West|
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Junior Hayden Winch represented Adrian and made his debut on the All-MIAA Second Team…Winch had his best season as a Bulldog, leading the team with a 76.6 scoring average in five conference rounds for 12th in the MIAA and a 77.3 stroke average overall…Adrian concluded its semester with a fifth place (311+308=619) showing at the MIAA Fall Final, where senior Nolan Duda leaped ten places from the first to final round to finish 10th and tied with four others with a 78+75=153…the Bulldogs return to action in the spring.
Soti Michalos tied for seventh among individuals in the MIAA fall finale with rounds of 73 and 77 for a 150 total. Justin Kapke also had a nice tournament, tying for 10th with rounds of 77 and 76 for a 153 total.
The men's golf team concluded its fall season on Saturday (Oct. 5) in the second and last round of the MIAA Fall Final. The Scots finished with a two-round score of 646 at the Forest Akers West Golf Course. Freshman Andrew Curran (Byron Center, Mich.) led the Scots with a two-day score of 156 and finished in a tie for 23rd place. Eli Pinter (Muskegon, Mich.) and Tait Morrissey (Canadian Lakes, Mich.) both shot 161 and tied for 29th.
The Calvin men's golf team used a third place finish at the MIAA Fall Tournament to cement a spot in next spring's MIAA AQ Tournament. Calvin finished the 36-hole fall tournament with a third place team score of 606 strokes. In doing so, Calvin finished fourth in the final MIAA overall team standings with 1,851 strokes. The top four teams from the regular season qualify for the spring MIAA AQ Tournament which will take place in late April on two successive weekends, consisting of 54 holes. The winner of the tournament will receive the MIAA's automatic bid to the NCAA III Championships in May. Calvin has now qualified for the MIAA AQ Tournament eight consecutive years. Calvin finished six strokes ahead of Kalamazoo over the weekend and just five strokes behind second place Hope. Junior Sam Holland set the pace for the Knights by shooting a weekend score of 145 strokes (73-72) at the Forest Akers West Golf Course. Holland finished third in the weekend tournament and placed fourth in the final overall MIAA individual standings with a season average of 73.5 strokes-per-round. By finishing in the top-six of the final MIAA standings, Holland earned a spot on the All-MIAA First Team.
Second place in both the MIAA Fall Finish and in the final MIAA standings are very respectable and encouraging results for the Hope College men's golf team in 2019. The defending-league-champion Flying Dutchmen shot a 302 on Saturday to go along with their 299 on Friday for a stroke total of 601 in the final league rounds, good for second place each day and for the event. For the entire MIAA season, Hope totaled 1810 strokes in six rounds for a 301.7 average for its runner-up finish. Senior Daniel Settecerri (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) took second place individually at the MIAA Fall Finish with a 73 on Friday and a 70 (143) on Saturday. Freshman Jack Crawford (Carmel, Ind.) shot rounds of 73 and 77 (150) to tie for seventh place while freshmen Seth Almquist (Minneapolis, Minn.) tied for 10th with by shooting rounds of 77 and 76 (153).
Kalamazoo wrapped up its fall season with a fourth place finish at the two-day MIAA Fall Final at Forest Akers West Golf Course. The Hornets posted a 309 on Friday and followed it with a 303 on Saturday. The team finished third overall during the MIAA season to qualify for the MIAA Spring Qualifying Tournament where the winner advances to the NCAA III Championships. Jackson Jones finished fifth overall at the Fall Final after shooting 74 on Friday and 73 on Saturday. The junior earned All-MIAA First Team honors for the season. Parker Pickell carded a pair of 77s to earn All-MIAA Second Team honors. Wil Mierz shot 79-75 while Zach Colburn shot 81-78 to round out the top four at the tournament.
Olivet wrapped-up the 2019 portion of its schedule with an eighth-place finish at the MIAA Fall Final at the Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing. The Comets carded back-to-back 335s for a two-day score of 670 strokes. Junior Nicholas Hoffman had Olivet's best two-round score with a 155 (77-78). The 77 was a season-best. Freshman Wes Darrow completed his two rounds in 168 strokes, including a season-best 83 in the second round.
Captured first MIAA title since joining conference...won five of six fall MIAA rounds averaged 292.8 strokes per round, almost nine strokes per round better than second-place...Grant Brettnacher became the first MIAA men's golfer to be both the MIAA Most Valuable Golfer and Sportsmanship in the same season.