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The Golden Eagles have a new look under new coach Michelle Boogaard this year. The Golden Eagles opened 2014 with a better team score than all of last year. The Golden Eagles finished their round in the Furniture City Classic with a team score of 393. Sophomore Whitney Krieger led the Golden Eagles with a 95. Senior Jordan Sprehe shot a 98 while Junior Heather Promer and Freshman Claire Niergarth both ended the day with a total of 100. The Golden Eagles will look to continue to imroved as they start the conference season with the first WHAC Jamboree hosted by Concordia at the Polo Fields Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Friday, Sept. 5th at 11:00 a.m.
The Women's Golf team welcomes Claire Niergarth to the program. Niergarth has signed a Letter of Intent to join the Golden Eagles beginning in the Fall of 2014 Claire also played basketball, volleyball, and soccer. She is a graduate of West Ottawa H.S. in Holland. "I had an amazing experience with Engedi church especially the youth group program. I have been very blessed and I'm excited to see where this next chapter of my life takes me."
Coach Boogaard stated "The 2014 spring season definitely gave us our challenges as we spent most of our time practicing indoors due to the winter wonderland we were given so late in the season. We did however make it to the conference tournament finally after the melting and had to get our feet wet without being able to play many rounds prior to. Our team had a lot of personal bests and we finished pretty good considering the conditions we practiced all spring in. We are gearing up for the fall season and picking up some new girls to the team and ready to break some more personal bests."
Cornerstone has hired Michelle Boogaar to coach the Women's Golf team. Michelle Boogaard enters her first season as the Women's Golf Coach at Cornerstone. Michelle is a follower of Christ and a leader in life when it comes to being a role model and inspiration to a team. Her faith has taken her on a journey that has brought her to her passion in life, coaching. She is currently a golf instructor at The Pines Golf Course with experience in teaching at numerous of golf courses in Florida, Texas, and Michigan. She graduated from South Christian High School and earned 4 straight years of All-State honors in golf. She is also a former collegiate golfer graduating from Grand Valley State University. She then had the opportunity to coach both the boys and girls golf teams at South Christian High School for about 5 seasons. She is fortunate to have a father, Mike Boogaard, who owns a golf course that enabled Michelle to learn at such a young age with her two sisters Sara and Kelly, who also went off to play collegiate golf at University of Toledo and Eastern Michigan. Her mother, Lora, is her rock and foundation throughout her life and has helped guide her through God's path he has laid out. Michelle's outgoing and uplifting personality has helped her pursue not only her love for the game, but being an influence to others.
"We're thrilled to have Michelle take over our Women's Golf program. She brings experience both as a player and coach and has a passion to teach and mentor our student athletes. Michelle has indicated that she not only wants to build a team that is very competitive but one that is also growing in their faith and honors God in everything they do."
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.