The Hope College women's golf team equaled its second-highest finish at the NCAA Division III Championships with an 11th-place effort this week in Houston, Texas.
The Flying Dutch shot a final round 326 on Friday at Bay Oaks Country Club — their second-lowest of the 72-hole tournament.
Hope completed the four-day event with a score of 1,300. The Flying Dutch held off St. Catherine, Gettysburg and Wisconsin-Stout for 11th place.
Hope matched the 2015 team's 11th-place finish. The Flying Dutch finished a program-best 10th place last season.
"This is a very special group," head coach Greg Stafford said. "The things we have accomplished here in three years are just wonderful. It's extremely difficult to win the league twice in a season, and we did it three times — six times in a row. To come here and compete the way we did, I feel very satisfied."
On Friday, senior Megan Wierenga of Byron Center, Michigan (South Christian HS) led Hope with a 6-over-par 78. She tied for 43rd overall out of 116 golfers with junior teammate Nicole Meyer of Brighton, Michigan (Brighton).
Meyer carded a final-round 79.
Junior Megan Klintworth of Jackson, Michigan (Hanover-Horton) tied for 46th. She carded a final-round 83.
Senior Dominique Molinaro of Burtchville, Michigan (Port Huron Northern) tied for 49th overall. She shot a final-round 86.
Senior Britni Gielow of Norton Shores, Michigan (Mona Shores HS) placed 74th. She had a final-round 87.
"We had to settle down after the first round," Stafford said. "It's hard to put into words how much pressure the girls put on themselves about the (54-hole) cut. We've never had the cut before. The first day, the girls really pressed hard and didn't play very well. Yesterday, we just settled down and played a very solid round."
Rhodes, Tennessee (1,217) edged George Fox by two strokes for the national championship.