Sports briefs: Kehoe leads Belles to MIAA win, NCAA berth; TCJGA doles out scholarships; Pit Spitters tickets on sale Wednesday | Sports

Kehoe leads Belles to MIAA victory, NCAA berth

GRAND RAPIDS – The Saint Mary’s golf team hit their ticket to the NCAA Division III women’s golf championship in May with a win in the final MIAA jamboree of the year at Thornapple Pointe Golf Club on Saturday.

The Belles and Hope were tied in the finals as the spring season cumulative results would determine both the conference champion and the MIAA’s automatic qualification for the NCAA tournament. Saint Mary’s scored a 318 for the win and the MIAA championship that day. Calvin finished second with 321 on his home course and Hope finished third with 336.

Hunter Kehoe won both round medalists and MIAA Most Valuable Golfer with a straight par 72. The senior was two under par on the back nine. Kehoe had four birdies – three of them in four holes. She added 10 pars and didn’t have a higher score than a bogey at any hole in the round.

Kehoe was named First Team All-MIAA for the fourth time in her career. The MIAA Most Valuable Golfer award is her third career as Kehoe becomes the first Saint Mary’s golfer to receive the league’s MVP award three times.

The Belles are now preparing for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, Saint Mary’s 10th team appearance in program history. The Division III Women’s Golf Championship will take place May 11-14 at Forest Akers in East Lansing. The host is MIAA member Olivet College.

TCJGA awards scholarships

TRAVERSE CITY – The Traverse City Junior Golf Association presented awards as part of their college scholarship program. The program is funded by an annual TCJGA tournament, several commemorative grants, and TCJGA sponsors and donors.

TCJGA members can apply for college scholarships if they are a high school graduate or current college student and have actively participated in the TCJGA.

2021 TCJGA College Scholarship Recipients List: Jake Beaudoin – Charlevoix High School graduate – will attend Michigan State University’s Mike Teter Memorial Scholarship; Kennedy Ellis – a graduate of Alpena High School – will attend Olivet College – Bruce Keillor Memorial Scholarship; Zach Galan, a Traverse City Central High School graduate, will attend Michigan State University’s Larry R. Kinney Memorial Scholarship; Murphy Kehoe – Traverse City West High School graduate – will attend Indiana University – Bob and Judy Lober Scholarship; Carson Peters – Traverse City Central High School graduate – will attend Michigan State University’s David Bump Family Scholarship; Lauren Posey – Big Rapids High School graduate – will attend Michigan State University’s Liz Nida Memorial Scholarship; Nichole Cox – Empire – currently attending Bowling Green State University – Scott & Sue Cook Memorial Scholarship; Tyler Gillings – Traverse City – currently attending Michigan State University – Stefan Schofield Memorial Scholarship; Katherine Hopkins – Traverse City – currently attending St. Mary’s College – Art Keillor Memorial Scholarship; Thomas Hursey – Suttons Bay – currently attending Ferris State University – Watzel / Buchler Family Scholarship; Emlin Munch – Traverse City – currently attending Hope College – Newhouse Family Scholarship; Will Newbold – Frankfort – currently attends Michigan State University’s Bob Robinson Memorial Scholarship; Matthew Smith – Suttons Bay – is currently attending Ferris State University’s Steve White Memorial Scholarship.

Pit Spitters tickets on sale Wednesday

TRAVERSE CITY – Traverse City Pit Spitters fans can buy box and lawn tickets for the coming season from Wednesday at 10 a.m.

The 2021 Pit Spitters season kicks off at home on May 31st at 5:05 p.m. when the team takes on the Kokomo Jackrabbits for the first game in a two-game series. Winter trapper hats courtesy of the Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel are available to the first 500 fans 18 and over.

After a 2020 season in which the team played nearly 50 games at home due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the team is returning to a normal home schedule of 36 games.

Tickets for each home game are very limited as the team can work at 20% capacity, as per current MDHHS guidelines, with each household sitting at least a meter apart.

Tickets can be purchased on the Pit Spitters website at The Turtle Creek Stadium box office is currently not open for in-person transactions.

Fans can also purchase tables for four, as well as indoor and outdoor suites, all of which have waiting service. These options are not available online and can only be ordered by calling 231-943-0100.

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