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GRCC finishes fall season fifth at Whistling Straits


By Max De Leeuw – Collegiate Staff

The Grand Rapids Community College golf team ended it’s fall season with a fifth place finish at the Kohler Collegiate Classic in Kohler, Wisconsin. GRCC was the only two-year school in the 17-team field.

The two-day tournament was held at the Whistling Straits Golf Course, the same place where the pros will be teeing off next year for the PGA National Championship.

Complete with countless sand traps, Head Coach Bruce VandenBeldt describes Whistling Straits as “one of the most difficult courses in the United States.”

The Raiders shot a 301 on the first 18 holes of the match on Monday, and shot a 326 the on Tuesday for a combined score of 627, 24 shots more than Grand View University, who took first place with a 603.

Zach Bialik led the Raiders, tallying a 154 (+10), while teammate Drew Pennington recorded a 155. Grand View University’s Tyler Christians came in first overall shooting 3-over-par.

“We had a great fall,” VandenBeldt said. “We had a lot of success and we found out what we need to work on.”

The golf team doesn’t compete again until its spring season begins on March 12 in Scottsboro, Alabama.