Hope College women’s golf tied for first in MIAA

After Monday’s MIAA Jamboree, it’s like the season reset button has been pushed for Hope College’s women’s golf team.

The Flying Dutch took second place in one fell swoop at Saint Mary’s College Belles at Clearbrook Golf Club in Saugatuck. After four rounds, the two teams take first place in the MIAA classification.

Hope shot a total of 324 teams, while the Belles finished with 323. Calvin University took third place with 337.

After 72 holes in the league, the Flying Dutch and the Belles each have 1,292 strokes, while the Knights occupy a distant third place with 1,321.

“I was very happy with our first game here (in Clearbrook),” said head coach Greg Stafford. “We had a very good score; 324 is very respectable. We are exactly where we want to be.”

Even neck to neck with the tough Belles?

“Our opponent is always the course,” said Stafford. “We play against the pitch and then look for results. We look forward to the rest of the league season.”

Her lowest round of the spring to date was shot by senior Jordyn Rioux of Farmington, Michigan (Livonia Ladywood HS), who fired a six-over-par 78.

Sophomore Grace VanDellen (Oxford, Michigan / Lutheran Northwest HS) was Hope’s next top scorer at 81.

The rest of the results for the Flying Dutch were rounded off by the newcomer Emlin Munch (Traverse City, Michigan / Traverse City Central HS), who carded an 82, while the senior Abigail Meder (Lansing, Michigan / Lansing Catholic Central HS) and the junior Megan Jenkinson (Traverse City, Michigan / Traverse City West HS) shot an 83 each.

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