My name is Luke Van Namen and I am a sophomore attending the University of Michigan. I am currently undecided, however, I am planning on majoring in either aerospace engineering or electrical engineering. I am from Grand Rapids, MI and during the summer I worked at Stonewater Country Club. I started playing golf at a very young age and loved it. Every since then my love for the game has led me to compete during the summer as well as in high school. Outside of school and golf, I love playing board games, reading and watching sports.
The Midwest Region has been a foremost member both on the golf course, and at the Executive level. Since the Fall 2010 National Championship the Midwest Region has had at least one team finish in the top ten at each semester, including a National Champion in The University of Michigan at the Fall 2013 NC. The region also had three national individual champions: The University of Michigan’s Bret Carroll won the Spring 2011 National’s at Firestone Country Club, Michigan State's Josh Heinze earned medalist in the Spring of 2015, and Michigan's Ian Martin earned medalist in the Fall of 2018. In terms of leadership, the Midwest has had two past presidents of the NCCGA, in The University of Dayton’s Matt Weinberger and The Ohio State University’s Kevin Hamori. At the time of their terms, both were members of the Midwest Region. Michigan State University’s Charles Inman also served as the Vice President for the NCCGA in 2013 after founding the club golf team at his school in 2011. With a rearrangement in the Region, the Midwest Region now only serves teams in Michigan. This change was made possible by the addition of so many new teams and has been able to reduce travel times and costs for all involved. Recent Midwest tournaments have been held at top Michigan public golf courses such as Eagle Eye Golf Club (Bath, MI) and Bucks Run Golf Club (Mount Pleasant, MI). In the weather shortened spring of 2018, Michigan and Michigan State attended Nationals in Myrtle Beach at Barefoot Resort. Both had strong showings as Michigan State registered a 5th place finish led by Brandon Kuhn who fired a 2 day total of 144 (E) good for T4. Michigan turned in a team total of 773 and were highlighted by tournament medalist Ian Martin who carded an impressive 141 (-3). Look for these two teams to be right back in the hunt for title in 2019. Michigan and MSU continued to battle for regional supremacy this past spring with MSU coming out on top. Both teams represented the Midwest region at the National Championship where MSU continued their strong season with a 4th place finish. In one of the strongest regions in the country this fall the Midwest region had 3 representatives in the National Championship with Michigan State and Michigan finished 2nd and 10th respectively. Michgan took the regional crown but MSU will look to build on its strong Nationals appearance for the spring.