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The Cornerstone women's golf team took to the course one last time for the fall season at the Sylvania Country Club & the Hawthorn Hills Golf Club on Friday and Saturday. The fourth and final WHAC Jamboree was held in Sylvania and Lima, Ohio.
During the weekend event, the WHAC golfers were able to enjoy the beautiful weather leading to wonderful playing conditions for the competitors. The Golden Eagles finished eighth in both rounds giving them the eighth place position for the fourth Jamboree. Madonna claimed the first place position shooting a two round total of 648.
After the final WHAC Jamboree of the 2013 fall season, Indiana Tech claimed the WHAC regular season women's golf title. Madonna followed behind finishing in second while Siena Heights took third. The Golden Eagles finished the regular season in eighth place. Indiana Tech's win allows them to host the spring tournament to determine the WHAC's automatic team qualifier for the NAIA National Championships.
Leading the Way
Sammi Cook shot a 96 and 102 to give her a 198 individual total and place 37th overall. Natalie Blazo from Madonna claimed the leader position shooting a 153 for two rounds.
The Golden Eagles finished the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Regular Season sitting in eighth place. The WHAC women's golf championship will occur in the spring hosted by Indiana Tech. The date and time for the event will be announced. Meanwhile, Cornerstone will practice and have a few months off before heading back to the course.
After finishing eighth place in the first two WHAC Jamboree events this fall, the Cornerstone University women's golf team stands in eighth place in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. The Golden Eagles hosted WHAC Jamboree #3 earlier this afternoon at Sunnybrook Country Club in Grandville, Mich.
With perfect weather conditions, the Indiana Tech Warriors took first place with a combined team score of 308. The team score placed them eight strokes better than the second place finisher which was Siena Heights (316). The Crusaders from Madonna University took the third place spot just one stroke behind with a 317. Cornerstone finished with a combined team score of 403 after Monday's event.
Leading the Way
Sammi Cook led all Golden Eagles finishing the day tied for 35th with one other WHAC competitor, scoring a 91. Indiana Tech's Wiebke Schlender totaled an individual score of 70 on Monday placing him two under par and giving her the overall leader position. Schlender's round placed her five strokes ahead of her nearest competitor, Ashley Everett from Siena Heights.
The Golden Eagles will return to the course on Oct. 11 & 12 to participate in the WHAC Jamboree #4. Round one will begin on Friday in Sylvania, Ohio, beginning at 11 a.m. Round two is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. in Lima, Ohio, at the Hawthorne Hills GC on Saturday.
"I'm very excited to announce Jeff DeGroot as our Women's Head Golf Coach," stated Grube. "Jeff brings a wealth of experience as a golf instructor and coach. I have no doubt that Jeff's experience and his love for Christ will enable him to recruit talented golfers to Cornerstone and take our program to the next level."
Before entering the coaching scene, DeGroot attended GRCC & Davenport University here in Grand Rapids. The Wyoming, Mich., native was the PGA Head Professional at private and resort courses here in Michigan for 10-years before heading to Grand Valley State University.
From 2002-04, DeGroot was the Lecture Instructor in "Coaching Theories" at GVSU while also serving as the Women's Golf Team Swing Coach. He implemented off-season training programs customized to each athlete which led to the GVSU's Women's Team finishing as National Runner-up in NCAA Division II.
DeGroot was quickly picked up by ESPN that year after GVSU's performance and was hired as the Mid-West's Lead Instructor under Hank Haney with ESPN's Golf Schools until 2010. There Jeff was named one of six Lead ESPN Instructors of 72 PGA traveling professionals for ESPN teaching groups throughout the United States and was voted by ESPN as a top 10 Teacher. While working for Haney, DeGroot was selected to provide short game video tips and instructions for the ESPN website.
DeGroot commented on his coaching philosophy, "As a follower of Christ, I expect the student athlete to uphold the tradition and excellence that is to be expected as it pertains to everyday life and their community while contributing as a team family member. We can only succeed when we have a goal of becoming everything that is within our reach and applying our best efforts with that in mind."
"I enjoy seeing student athletes grow in: faith, academics and as a team member with leadership qualities developing the character that parents can be proud of with the help of Cornerstone and it's staff nourishing each individual towards their goals," commented DeGroot."
The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference women's golf championship was originally scheduled to take place at the Scott Lake Golf Club on Friday and Saturday (April 19-20). However, due to unplayable course conditions and inclement weather in the Grand Rapids area, the championship has been postponed to Monday and Tuesday, May 6-7, at Scott Lake Golf Club in Comstock Park, Mich.
The Golden Eagles finished seventh during the regular season in the fall and will look to finish strong in the last event of the season.
Fort Wayne, Ind. – Cornerstone ended the fall regular season Wednesday afternoon at the Coyote Creek Golf Club. Wednesday marked the fourth and final WHAC Jamboree for the fall season. Aquinas and Madonna both shot 334 to lead the pack. Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles shot a 394 finishing in eighth place. Cornerstone was led by Allison Hall with a score of 94 placing her tied for 31st in the player standings. After the final WHAC Jamboree, Aquinas College wins the fall regular season championship by three strokes over Madonna. Cornerstone finished seventh overall in the WHAC. The Golden Eagles will look toward the spring when they compete in the spring conference tournament. The date for the tournament will be announced later to determine the automatic qualifier to the NAIA National Championship.