Grace Golf Finishes Day Two of Conference


WARSAW, Ind. – After a strong showing in the first 36 holes of the Mid-Central College Conference Championships, the Lancers shot a 319 on Tuesday to finish in a three-way tie for sixth place at Stonehenge Golf Club in Warsaw.

Tad Nieter continued to lead Grace, firing a 72 in his final round to place one stroke out of the top 10 -- and one stroke from All-Conference status. Nieter finished with a 222 (77-73-72).

Stephen Copeland's plus-19 (74-79-79) and Ben Reno's plus-20 (76-74-83) were the second and third scorers for the Lancers, and Caleb Rovenstine carded an 85 in his final round to round out the scoring.

"Although our scores were not as low as we would have liked, we shot well enough to put us in the mix," said head coach Bo Wright. "We had a couple bad breaks throughout the tournament, but I'm proud of the way Tad [Nieter] led us the past two days."

The Lancers' first-round total of 305 on Monday was its lowest of the two-day tournament. That 305 mark was the lowest score Grace posted in Wright's four years at the helm of the golf program.

The tournament ended the career of Copeland, a four-year member of the team.


Name RD 1 RD 2 RD 3 Total
Tad Nieter (11th) 77 73 72 222
Stephen Copeland  74 79 79 232
Ben Reno 76 74 83 233
Caleb Rovenstine 78 81 85 244
Kal Denlinger 86 86 90 262
Team Score 305 307 319 931

Lancers in Fifth after First Two Rounds of MCC Championship


WARSAW, Ind. – Grace’s golf team finished in fifth place after Monday’s first two rounds in the Mid-Central College Conference Championships at Stonehenge Golf Club in Warsaw, Ind.

Tad Nieter and Ben Reno topped the Lancers’ scoring at 8-under through 36 holes. Nieter fired a team-low 73 in his second round to jump from 19th into a tie for 14th, and Reno carded consistent rounds of 76-74. According to Reno, 150 was a career-low score for two rounds.

The Lancers' first round of 305 was the lowest total in fourth-year head coach Bo Wright's career.

“I am very pleased with how our men played today,” Wright said. “There is still room for improvement, and I look forward to seeing how we rise to the challenge tomorrow.”

Stephen Copeland finished third for the Lancers with a score of 153. He shot a first round 74 followed by a 79 to put him in a tie for 21st.

Rounding out the scoring for Grace was Caleb Rovenstine, whose 78-81 put him 17 strokes over par.

Grace's total of 612 puts them four strokes ahead of Saint Francis for 616. Overall, Marian's 575 leads the MCC.

The MCC Championships will continue on Tuesday with the final 18 holes at Stonehenge.


Name RD 1 RD 2 Total
Tad Nieter (14th) 77 73 150
Ben Reno (14th) 76 74 150
Stephen Copeland 74 79 153
Caleb Rovenstine 78 81 159
Kal Denlinger 86 86 172
Team Score 305 307 612

MCC Golf Tourney Postponed at Stonehenge


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Mid-Central College Conference Golf Tournament scheduled for April 26-27 has been postponed until Monday and Tuesday, May 2-3, due to wet course conditions.

Grace is the host of the 54-hole tournament held at Stonehenge Golf Club in Winona Lake, Ind. The tourney will tee off Monday, May 2 at 9 a.m. The first 36 holes will be contested on Monday followed by tee times for the final 18 holes set to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Admission to the two-day tournament is free. All are welcome to follow the Lancers on their quest for a conference title.

The MCC tournament champion will receive the league's automatic bid to the 2011 NAIA Men's Golf National Championships at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., from May 24-27.

Weather Shortens Blackthorn Big Time Challenge


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – In extremely trying conditions, Grace’s golf team played only one round at the Blackthorn Big Time Challenge on Friday.

The tournament was scheduled for two days but was shortened due to inclement weather. Grace finished 11th out of 13 teams, including six from the Mid-Central College Conference.

Only seven golfers managed to shoot in the 70s in the difficult environment. Tad Nieter was just off that mark, leading Grace with an 80. He was tied for ninth out of 69 golfers after the first and only round.

Ben Reno had the Lancers’ second-lowest score with an 11-under 83, Caleb Rovenstine shot an 88 and Josh Troyer finished at 90 to round out Grace’s scoring.

Grace’s next tournament is the MCC Championships on Apr. 26-27 at Stonehenge Golf Club in Winona Lake, Ind.

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Name RD 1 Total
Tad Nieter (9th) 80 80
Ben Reno 83 83
Caleb Rovenstine 88 88
Josh Troyer 90 90
Stephen Copeland 95 95
Team Score 341 341




Copeland Leads Lancers in First Spring Tournament


KENDALLVILLE, Ind. – Lone senior Stephen Copeland shot a career-low two-round total with a 153 and finished in ninth place to lead Grace at the Saint Francis Invitational at Cobblestone Golf Course and Noble Hawk Golf Links.

Copeland was one of three Lancer golfers to finish in the top-20 in their first tournament of the spring season. Juniors Tad Nieter shot a 155 for 14th place, and Ben Reno finished one shot higher in 19th place.

“This was a great way for us to start the year,” said head coach Bo Wright. “It was encouraging to see our upperclassmen lead the way, and I’m confident that we will continue to improve throughout the season.”

In his first round on Friday, Copeland fired a 74 and was tied for third place. Reno posted Grace’s lowest round on Saturday with a 77.

The Lancers finished sixth out of 11 teams. They shot a two-day total of 633 (318-315). Caleb Rovenstine dramatically dropped his score from the first round by 10 strokes, finishing with a 80 in the second round to round out Grace's top four.

Teams in the Mid-Central College Conference occupied five of the top six slots in the tournament, led by Huntington University.

Grace’s next tournament is the Bethel College Spring Classic at the Blackthorn Golf Club, which begins on Friday.

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Name RD 1 RD 2 Total
Stephen Copeland (9th) 74 79 153
Tad Nieter 76 79 155
Ben Reno 79 77 156
Caleb Rovenstine 90 80 170
Kal Denlinger 89 90 179
Team Score 318 315 633


 Rovenstine Takes 14th in Bethel Invitational


SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Freshman Caleb Rovenstine completed his first semester of collegiate golf with a stellar 14th place finish at the Bethel Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Despite being three over through two holes, the Tippecanoe Valley graduate still managed to pull off a one-over par 73 on Saturday after shooting a 75 in the first round.

"I've been very impressed with Caleb's play this fall," said head coach Bo Wright. "It shows what kind of a player he is, especially for a freshman who is still adjusting to college life."

The Lancers tied their season-low 306 in the first round on Friday. Tad Nieter led the team with a 74, Rovenstine shot a 75, Dustin Hickle stepped up and shot a 77 in his first fall tournament, and Kal Denlinger shot an 80.

On the second day, Rovenstine led the Lancers with a 73, Nieter shot a 76, Stephen Copeland had a 78, and Hickle shot an 80 for a team-score of 307. Grace fired a two-day total of 613 to finish 10th out of 14 teams in the invite. Marian University won the invitational, shooting a 577.

"We didn't reach our potential this fall," Wright continued. "But it's encouraging to know that we are moving forward as a program. We haven't peaked yet, but we are moving in the right direction."

In Grace's six rounds this fall, Rovenstine averaged a 76.8, good enough for second on the Lancers.

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Name RD 1 RD 2 Total
Caleb Rovenstine (14th) 75 73 148
Tad Nieter 74 76 150
Dustin Hickle 77 80 157
Kal Denlinger 80 82 162
Steve Copeland 84 78 162
Team Score 306 307 613


Nieter Leads Lancers in IWU Invite


MARION, Ind. -- After redshirting last season because of an injured wrist and knee, Tad Nieter paced the Lancers with a fifth place individual finish in the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational on Monday and Tuesday at Meshingomesia Country Club.

Nieter fired a 75 in the first round and a 74 in the second round for a two-day total of 149, four strokes out of first place.

"Tad has been very solid for us this fall," said head coach Bo Wright. "It's a blessing to have him back, and it's even more pleasing to see him play some solid golf."

Overall, the Lancers finished seventh place out of 11 teams with a two-day total of 633. On the first day, Grace fired a 316, the lowest score they've shot at Meshingomesia Country Club during head coach Bo Wright's four years with the program. On the second day, however, the Lancers were unable to advance themsevles or improve on their first-round score, shooting a 317.

"Finishing in the top five was a realistic goal entering the second round today," Wright continued. "Our guys grinded well, but it's tough to make a move when we have to count several scores in the 80's. Still, this is a much better finish at Meshingomesia than years past."

Ben Reno finished second on the Lancers with a two-day toal of 159 (79, 80), and Caleb Rovenstine finished third with a 160 (80, 80).

The Lancers finished behind conference opponents Marian University (604), Indiana Wesleyan University (614), and the University of Saint Francis (623). Grace finished in front of one MCC school, Taylor University, who shot 633.

The Lancers will conclude their fall season with Bethel's two-day tournament at Blackthorne Golf Course on Friday and Saturday.

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RD 1 RD 2 Total
Tad Nieter (5th) 75 74 149
Ben Reno 79 80 159
Caleb Rovenstine 80 80 160
Kal Denlinger 82 83 165
Steve Copeland 82 84 166
Team Score 316 317 633


Men's Golf Takes Seventh Place in Season Opener


FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The Lancers followed up yesterday's 306 with a 311 at Noble Hawk Golf Course on Tuesday. Their two-day total of 617 was good enough for seventh place out of 16 teams in the Saint Francis Invitational, Grace's first tournament of the fall season.

Tad Nieter led Grace with a 75, Stephen Copeland shot a 77, Caleb Rovenstine fired a 79 and Kal Denlinger bounced back with an 80 after a frustrating first day.

"This was a good start to our season," said head coach Bo Wright. "It would have been nice to work our way into the top three, but the conditions were pretty difficult overall. I was proud of how they dealt with the wind and the difficult pin positions. I'm very pleased with this start."

Grace finished in front of three conference teams: Bethel College, Spring Arbor University and Goshen College. The University of Saint Francis was the only MCC opponent to beat the Lancers, finishing second in the invitational with a stellar two-day total of 600. The Lancers were seven strokes off of finishing in the top five.

After struggling in the 2009-10 season with an average team score of 329 in 15 rounds, Grace has improved significantly thus far, firing a 306 at Cobblestone on Monday and a 311 at Noble Hawk on Tuesday.

The men's golf program returns to action in two weeks at the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational on Sept. 13-14. The tournament will be held at Meshingomesia Country Club in Marion, Ind.

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RD 1 RD 2 Total
Tad Nieter (14th) 75 75 150
Caleb Rovenstine 74 79 153
Stephen Copeland 77 77 154
Kal Denlinger 87 80 167
Ben Reno 80 90 170
Team Score 306 311 617


Lancers Fire Best Round in Three Years


FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The Grace men's golf team fired a 306 on the first day of the Saint Francis Invitational on Monday, good enough for sixth place out of 16 teams as they enter the second round on Tuesday.

Freshman Caleb Rovenstine led the Lancers with a solid 74 in his first collegiate tournament, and Tad Nieter fired a 75 after redshirting last season due to an injured wrist and knee.  Stephen Copeland shot a 77, and Ben Reno, who played for Grace two years ago, rounded off the Lancers' scoring with an 80.

Grace's 306 at Cobblestone Golf Course ties the lowest team score head coach Bo Wright has seen during his previous three years with the Lancers.

"This team is completely different from last year's team," said head coach Bo Wright. "I'm really looking forward to the season and seeing what these guys can do. Hopefully they can do some work tomorrow and get into the top three."

The Lancers are four strokes out of third place as they enter the second day. Cornerstone University currently leads the tournament after firing a 293.

Grace tees off at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Noble Hawk Golf Course in Kendallville, Ind.


RD 1
Caleb Rovenstine 74
Tad Nieter 75
Stephen Copeland 77
Ben Reno 80
Kal Denlinger 87
Team Score 306


Grace Golf Season Preview


WINONA LAKE, Ind. -- The 2010-11 season looks to be bright for Grace’s men’s golf team. Grace will be led by junior Tad Nieter, who is returning from a wrist injury that hindered him last season. The lone senior is Stephen Copeland, who should provide consistency and leadership for the young team.

“It should be a complete 180-degree turn around,” Copeland said. “We have four guys with the potential to shoot in the low 70s every time out, which is something we haven’t had in awhile. It’s pretty exciting.”

The Lancers will be without their top player from a season ago in Henric Knutsson, but they should have a deeper squad this year. Grace should be able to have their top four players shot in the 70s consistently with the ability to shoot lower at anytime.

Junior Ben Reno has returned after a year away from collegiate golf and should place in the top four for Grace’s roster. “We are glad to have him back,” said head coach Bo Wright. “He has the ability to shoot low and will help provide us with more steadiness.” Warsaw graduate Kal Denlinger comes to the Lancers with the potential to round out the top four.

Grace also will have some depth with junior Dustin Hickle, who has made great strides this offseason. Josh Troyer is also in the mix and will continue to develop after putting a season of collegiate golf under his belt. “This year should be a step in the right direction,” added Wright. “We are looking forward to realizing our potential and continuing to build the program.”

The Lancers will open the 2010-11 campaign at the Saint Francis Invitational at Cobblestone Golf Course on Monday, August 30.