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Men's Golf Season in Review
2006 FALL SEASONOlivet College Classic at Bedford Valley (September 2)
Hope finished fifth in 16-team field. Hope Results: Tommy Yamaoka 74-75--149, Ryan Sheets 75-75--150, Steve Martindale 77-81--158, Nate Golomb 79-80--159.
MIAA Tournament at the Medalist (September 7)
MIAA Tournament at Bedford Valley (September 12)
MIAA Tournament at Pine River (September 16)
Hope Invitational at Grand Haven Golf Course (September 18)
MIAA Tournament at The Prairies (September 20)
MIAA Tournament at Zolnar (September 23)
Red Poling Classic at Tournament Players Club (September 26)
MIAA Tournament at Lenawee (September 29)
MIAA Tournament at Wuskowhan PC (October 5)
MIAA Tournament at Watermark (October 16)
Hope Wins MIAA Men's Golf Title in Record Fashion
Junior Matt Lapham (Brighton, Mich.) captured the MIAA medalist honor by averaging 71.8 strokes over the season's eight tournaments. His average was the second best in league history. Lapham and teammate Tommy Yamoaka (Zeeland, Mich.) achieved All-MIAA first team honors for the third year in-a-row. Team captain Nate Golomb (Schoolcraft, Mich.) also achieved All-MIAA first team recognition. Juniors Ryan Sheets (Saline, Mich.) and Steve Martindale of Midland (H.H. Dow HS) each received All-MIAA second team recognition.
All-MIAA honors are awarded on the basis of seasonal averages. Lapham averaged 71.8 strokes followed by Golomb 73.1, Yamaoka 73.6, Sheets 77.0 and Martindale 77.6. Golomb, Lapham and Yamaoka were each medalist at least once of a tournament during the season. This year the Dutchmen set course records in four tournaments. The team's average of 293.9 strokes per tournament was a conference record.
Hope has won the MIAA championship seven of the past eight years. The Flying Dutchmen will be making their fifth appearance in the national tournament, the fourth since 2000. Last spring the team finished 17th in a field of 23 teams. Coach Bob Ebels has guided Hope's golf fortunes since 1991. Over the past decade Hope has not finished below second in place in the MIAA standings.
Other members of the squad included freshman Josh Jelenek of Laingsburg (Laingsburg HS), sophomore Donald Kring of Williamsburg (St. Francis HS), sophomore Dan Oumedian of Jenison (Jenison HS), sophomore Donald Scholten of Grand Rapids (GR Christian HS), and freshman Steven Strock of Grandville (Grandville HS).
2007 SPRING SEASON
Dutchmen Finish 18th at Nationals (5/18/07)
Junior Tommy Yamaoka of Zeeland, Mich. (Zeeland HS) achieved NCAA All-America distinction by placing 15th in the 185-player field. His average of 76.5 strokes per-hole was the best-ever by a Hope golfer at nationals. Yamaoka, who was the national freshman of the year in 2005, was voted to this year's Ping All-America second team. He had tournament rounds of 77-75-78-76.
Senior captain Nate Golomb led every golfer in the tournament in Par 3 efficiency. He averaged 3.06 strokes on the courses' eight par three holes. He finished 43rd in the final standings with rounds of 77-79-80-78.
Scores of other Hope golfers were: Steve Martindale, 96th place (84-86-77-79); Ryan Sheets, 102nd place (86-85-81-76); and Matt Lapham, 115th place (83-81-85-86).Bill Gettig Invitational (April 14)
Hope finished third in nine-team field. Hope Results: Don Kring 76-73--149, Steve Martindale 74-76--150, Nate Golomb 76-78--154, Ryan Sheets 78-76--154,Steve Strock 83-77--160. Aquinas Invitational (April 16)
Hope tied for sixth place in eight-team field. Hope Results: Nate Golomb 80, Donald Scholten 82, Steve Strock 83, Dan Oumedian 85 and Josh Jelenek 88. Defiance Spring Opener (April 17)
Hope finished second in a six-team field. Hope Results: Don Kring 74, Steve Strock 74, Ryan Sheets 79, Don Scholten 79 and Steve Martindale 80.
Furniture City Classic (April 24)