posted July 30, 2011

2011 Pre-Season Men's Golf Outlook

The Flying Dutchmen will be seeking to climb back atop the standings of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).

A year ago Hope finished third in the MIAA standings, but only nine strokes out over the eight-tournament season behind champion Calvin.

The Flying Dutchmen have a strong tradition under coach Bob Ebels who begins his 21st season at the helm of the program. He has guided the Flying Dutchmen to eight conference championships and five appearances in the NCAA Division III championships.

Co-captains of the team will be seniors Nick Campbell of Saline (Saline HS) and Andy Thomson of Beaver Dam, Wisc. (Central Wisconsin Christian HS). Campbell is a three-time All-MIAA golfer, a second team honoree as a freshman and a first team pick as both a junior and senior . Last season he ranked fourth in the seasonal player standings (74.9 strokes per 18-hole round).

Other returning letterwinners include junior John Cannon of Traverse City (Traverse City West HS), junior Austin Farah of Bloomfield Hills (Southfield Christian HS), junior Sean La Douce of Saginaw (Sault Area HS), junior Matthew Noordhoff of Ada (Forest Hills Northern HS), junior Adam Peplinski of Cedar (St. Mary's HS), and sophomore Jason Vander Klok of Scotts (Vicksburg HS).

This season, for the first time, a spring qualifying tournament will determine who represents the MIAA in the NCAA Division III championships. The eight-tournament fall schedule will determine the conference champion and then the slate will be wiped clean with three 18-hole rounds in the spring determining who advances to nationals. Hope has represented the MIAA at nationals five times since 2000.