Men’s golf back on top of MIAA

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The men’s golf team moved back into first place in the MIAA standings last Saturday after finishing second at the Kalamazoo Jamboree and first at the Trine Jamboree over the course of the week.

On Monday, at Kalamazoo, the Knights made up five strokes on Hope in their second place finish. This match left Calvin tied with Hope in the overall MIAA scoring.

Calvin had a team score of 307 behind Trine who shot a 301. Junior James Van Noord led the Knights on Monday with a score of 73 and took third place individually. Seniors Mark Allen and Jake Hoogstrate had 74 and 77, respectively.

On Saturday, the Knights tied for first place with host Trine. Calvin carded a 288; Hope was six strokes behind with 294.

Calvin had three players finish in the top four individually. Freshman Brad Smith scored a 70 for a career-best score and a tie for second place.

“On Saturday, I finally played like I know I can play consistently, commented Smith. “I’ve been struggling through the entire year, and I was just waiting for the day to break through. Golf is like that — you just got to keep fighting until the round comes. I played well and was happy to help the team become first in the conference.”

Van Noord and Allen tied for fourth with rounds of 71. Hoogstrate and sophomore Justin Crow had rounds of 76 and 78, respectively, to round out the Knights.

VanNoord leads the MIAA in overall standings.

Calvin hosts the final MIAA Jamboree on Oct. 7.