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Men's Golf Season in Review
Dutchmen Get First Top Ten National Finish
Coach Bob Ebels' Flying Dutchmen finished in the top ten of the NCAA Division III championships for the first time with three golfers posting the best cumulative tournament rounds in this national competition. The MIAA champion Flying Dutchmen entered the tournament unranked in the Golf World/NIKE Golf Division III Coaches’ Poll.
The four-day, 72-hole tournament was held in Hershey, Pa. Perennial power Methodist, N.C. led the 37-team field at 1,177 strokes. Hope ended in a tie for ninth place with Skidmore, N.Y. at 1,206 strokes. Hope previous best at the NCAA tournament was 17th place on four different occasions.
Three Flying Dutchmen averaged within a stroke of one another and all three surpassed the previous best by a Hope golfer at nationals. Senior captain Steven Strock (Grandville HS) averaged 74.25 strokes over the four rounds. Junior Chris Ansel (Zeeland East HS) averaged 74.75 strokes and freshman Charles Olson (Suttons Bay) averaged 75.25. Hope Golfer, Nick Campbell (Saline HS), was disqualified during the first round (of four) when he self-reported to NCAA Rules Officials his own, unintentional violation of an obscure rule. Nick went on to average 76.0 over the remaining three rounds to contribute to the team's best NCAA showing ever. The previous best average was 76.5 strokes on two occasions by Tommy Yamaoka (2007 and 2008).
2010 Spring Season
Flying Dutchmen in Fourth at Wooster Invite (4/23/10)
Leading Hope on Friday was John Cannon 33-42--75, Andy Thomson 38-39--77, Steven Strock 37-42--79, Charles Olson 41-44--85 and Nick Campbell 43-45--88.
Flying Dutchmen Third at Coldwater Invite (4/20/10)
The medalist was Andy Myers of Siena Heights at 73-71--144. Leading Hope was Chris Ansel ay 72-79--151, followed by Andrew Thomson 79-77--156, Nicholas Campbell 84-76--160, John Cannon 83-78--161 and Austin Farah 84-83--167.
Flying Dutchmen Compete at Trine Invite (4/14/10)
Host Trine led the field at 287 strokes, followed by Olivet 306, Rochester 309, Albion 313, Glen Oaks CC 320 and Hope 321. The medalist was Andy Wolfe of Trine at 36-33--69.
Leading Hope was Adam Pelinski at 41-35--76 followed by Chris Harwood 41-40-81, Nick Campbell 41-41--82, Chris Ansel 42-40--82 and Austin Farah 40-43--83.
Hope's Steve Strock is Tourney Medalist (4/7/10)
Cornerstone won the 36-hole tournament featuring west Michigan colleges at 598 strokes followed by Davenport 607, Grand Rapids CC 617, Calvin 618, Hope 619 and Aquinas 626.
Strock, the MIAA medalist last fall, had rounds of 74 and 67 to finish one-under-par 141 for the tournament. Scores of other Hope golfers were Andy Thomson 77-80--157, Charlie Olson 79-82--161, Chris Ansel 86-78--164 and John Cannon 82-84--166.
2009 Fall Season
The Flying Dutchmen were champions of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) for the ninth time in 11 years.
Sealing the title at a season-ending tournament on their own home course, coach Bob Ebels' Flying Dutchmen finished 41 strokes ahead of the field. The team gained the championship with consistent play, taking first in three of the eight conference tournaments and finishing third or higher in the rest. The Flying Dutchmen set an MIAA course record at the Milham golf course in Kalamazoo. The championship is the 14th in school history.
As MIAA champions, the Flying Dutchmen qualify for the NCAA Division III tournament next spring.
Senior Steven Strock (Grandville, Mich.) captured league medalist honors for the second straight year and was joined on the All-MIAA first team by teammates Charlie Olson, a freshman from Suttons Bay, Mich., and Nick Campbell, a sophomore from Saline, Mich. Campbell was an All-MIAA second team honoree in 2008.
For the season, Strock averaged 73.7 strokes per 18-hole round while Olson ended at 74.1 and Nick Campbell 74.25. His seasonal average (73.7) was the ninth best in Hope school history.
Other Hope golfers who qualified for the final MIAA seasonal standings were junior Chris Ansel of Zeeland, Mich. (Zeeland East HS), 77.4 average, and sophomore Andy Thomson of Beaver Dam, Wisc. (Central Wisconsin Christian HS), 80.1 average.
Ansel had an individual highlight when he shot a hole-in-one on the 11th hole (208 yards, par 3) at the Bedford Valley Country Club on Sept. 8. It was only the fourth hole-in-one in modern-day MIAA history and the second by a Hope golfer. The other was by Jay Prasad in 1997 (Duck Lake GC, 5th hole, par 3, 115 yards).
Other members of the team included freshman John Cannon of Traverse City, Mich. (Traverse City West HS); freshman Auastin Farah of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Southfield Christian HS), sophomore Chris Harwood of Westfield, Ind. (Brebeuf Prep); sophomore Caleb Nykamp of Holland, Mich. (Holland Christian HS); freshman Adam Peplinski of Cedar, Mich. (St. Mary's HS); and sophomore Scott Webster pf Ada, Mich. (Linfield, Calif. Christian HS).
Flying Dutchmen Capture MIAA Championship
Sealing the title on their own home course, the Flying Dutchmen finished 41 strokes ahead of the field. Senior Steven Strock (Grandville, Mich.) captured league medalist honors for the second straight year and was joined on the All-MIAA first team by teammates Charlie Olson, a freshman fro Suttons Bay, Mich. and Nick Campbell, a sophomore from Saline, Mich.
Albion won the season's final tournament by six strokes over the host Flying Dutchmen. The tournament medalist was Andy Wolf of Trine at 69 strokes. Leading Hope was Steven Strock with a 35-35--70. Scores of other Hope golfers were Nick Campbell 36-38--74, Charlie Olson 39-37--76, Chris Ansel 40-37--77 and Andy Thomson 42-44--86.
For the season, Strock averaged 73.7 strokes per 18-hole round while Olson ended at 74.1 and Nick Campbell 74.25.
Flying Dutchmen Widen Lead in MIAA Race (10/8/09)
Host Albion won the round at 300 strokes, followed by Hope 309, Adrian 310, Olivet 319, Trine 322, Calvin 324, Kalamazoo 326 and Alma 334. With one tournament remaining, coach Bob Ebels' Dutchmen have a 29 stroke lead over Calvin.
Sharing medalist honors at 73 strokes were Albion's Zach Benedict and Mark McLaughlin. Leading Hope was Nick Campbell at 75 strokes. Scores of other Hope golfers were Steven Strock 76, Charlie Olson 78, Chris Ansel 80 and Andy Thomson 82.
Heading into the season's final round, Hope freshman Charlie Olson from Suttons Bay is leading the player standings at 73.8 strokes per round. Next is Jon Kuiper of Calvin at 74.1, followed by Hope teammates Steven Strock, a senior from Grandville, and Nick Campbell, a sophomore from Saline, at 74.3 and 74.4 respectively.
Flying Dutchmen Win Red Poling Collegiate Classic (10/6/09)
The medalist was Mitch Bent of Spring Arbor at 74. Leading Hope was Andy Thomson with a 75. Next were Nick Campbell 78, Chris Ansel 78, Steve Strock 80 and Charlie Olson 80.
The invitational honors Harold Arthur "Red" Poling who served as the president and later CEO of the Ford Motor Company.
Hope Lead in MIAA Race Cut by Rival Calvin (10/5/09)
The tournament at the Watermark golf course wasn't without controversy as a Hope player was disqualified for writing the wrong score on a hole.
Calvin ended at 294 strokes followed by Hope at 306, Trine 307, Albion 309, Alma 312, Olivet 316, Kalamazoo and Adrian 325 each. The medalist was Andy Wolf of Trine at 36-34--70.
The scores of Hope golfers were Nick Campbell 35-38--73, Steve Strock 37-39--76, Chris Ansel 38-39--77, and Andy Thomson 40-40--80.
The league standings are Hope 1,793, Calvin 1,807, Trine 1,821, Adrian 1,841, Albion 1,849, Olivet 1,854 and Kalamazoo 1,921.
Flying Dutchmen Expand Lead in MIAA Race (9/26/09)
Flying Dutchmen Continue Winning Ways (9/24/09)
Just seven strokes separated Hope's five golfers. Charles Olson led the team at 35-36--71, followed by Steve Strock 39-34--73, Nick Campbell 35-38--73, Andy Thomson 37-39--76, and Chris Ansel 35-43--78.
Through four tournaments Hope has 1,198 strokes followed by Adrian and Calvin with 1,211 each, Trine 1,225, Olivety 1,234, Albion 1,236, Alma 1,268, and Kalamazoo 1,290.
An interesting race is taking shape for the honor of seasonal medalist. There is a four-way tie for the top spot after four tournaments, including Hope teammates Charles Olson and Nick Campbell. Tied at 295 strokes with Campbell and Olson are Jon Kuiper of Calvin and David Streiberg of Adrian.
Flying Dutchmen Win Jamboree; Now in First (9/19/09)
Hope Wins MIAA Jamboree (9/12/09)
Flying Dutchmen Third in First MIAA Jamboree (9/8/09)
The Jamboree medalist was Nick Harless of Olivet with a 71. Hope freshman Charlie Olson tied for second place with Calvin's Jon Kuiper at 72 strokes. Scores of other Hope golfers were Nick Campbell 76, Steve Strock 78, Chris Ansel 79 and Andy Thompson 81.
Chris Ansel, a junior from Zeeland (Zeeland East HS), made history by shooting a hole-in-one on the 208-yard, par 3 #11 hole with a four iron. It was only the fourth hole-in-one in modern-day MIAA history and the second by a Hope golfer. The other was by Jay Prasad in 1997 (Duck Lake GC, 5th hole, par 3, 115 yards). "The ball landed pin-high within 18 inches of the hole," observed coach Bob Ebels. "It was beautiful."
Flying Dutchmen Seventh in Opener (9/5/09)