Walker given second men’s golf MVP award

Nick Walker (Dan L. VanderBeek Photography/Central College photo)

PELLA—Senior Nick Walker (Naperville, Ill., Neuqua Valley HS) received the Central College men’s golf team’s Ryerson Most Valuable Player Award for the second time in three years.

Awards were based on the team’s fall season campaign as the spring slate was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Walker, the 2018 MVP as well, was given the team’s Low Scoring Average Award, after posting a mark of 75.45 last fall, and received his fourth varsity letter. He tied for second at the Atlantic Invitational in Jupiter, Florida Oct. 28-29, finishing with a 4-under-par 68, the best score by a Dutch golfer since 2001.

Senior Eric Visscher (Hull, Boyden-Hull HS) received the Golden Putter Award as the team’s most improved player while Kyle Berst (senior, Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS) received the Wagner Award for outstanding contributions by a senior non-starter.

Aidan Volmer (freshman, Anthem, Ariz., Boulder Creek HS) was named the Most Valuable Freshman Award winner. Volmer posted a 79.25 stroke average, finishing second at the nine-team Ryerson Fall Classic at Pella Sept. 20-21.

Seniors Dillon Peters (Urbandale, West Des Moines Valley HS) and Kobe Rhodes (Glenwood) served as team co-captains. Rhodes received his fourth letter and Peters his third.

The Dutch captured the Ryerson Fall Classic and were second in the Blue Tiger Invitational at Jefferson City, Missouri Oct. 14-15 and third at the Atlantic Invitational.

Central has one of the nation’s top NCAA Division III programs with 32 conference championships and 33 NCAA tournament appearances, placing in the top 10 11 times.

Second-year coach Mel Blasi awarded seven varsity letters.