Women's Golf Places 11th At Nationals, Matches Second-Highest Finish

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."

Pictured above by Mark Lazarowicz, from left, Nicole Meyer, Britni Gielow, Elena Moore, Megan Klintworth, Megan Wierenga and Dominique Molinaro

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.

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