2007/2008 Women's Golf in Review


Flying Dutch Second in Season Opener
The Flying Dutch finished second in the four-team Calvin Invitational. Alma led the field at 352 strokes while the Dutch totaled 358, followed by Calvin and Aquinas. Hope sophomore Cassie Sneller was part of a four-way tie for medalist honors at 85 strokes. Scores of other Hope golfers were senior Julie Hoogerhyde 87, freshman Katie Blodgett 92, freshman Clare Hubbard 94 and senior Cassie Hildebrandt 98.

Flying Dutch Place in the Middle of Pack
The Flying Dutch finished fourth in the nine-team MIAA Jamboree field. Olivet won the 18-hole competition played at the Milham Park course in Kalamazoo with 335 strokes. Hope ended at 348. Sharing honors for Hope were Cassie Sneller (44-41--85) and Julie Hoogerhyde (46-39--85). Other scores were Clare Hubbard (42-45--87), Cassie Hildebrandt (43-48--91) and Katie Blodgett (45-48--93).

Flying Dutch Fourth in Second MIAA Jamboree
Hope remained a picture of consistency finishing fourth in the season's second tournament hosted by Tri-State (Zollner golf course). After shooting a team total of 348 strokes in the season's first tournament, the Flying Dutch came back to shoot a 349 in the second. Olivet won the round at 329 strokes followed by Saint Mary's 333, Tri-State 338, Hope 349, Calvin 370, Alma 371, Albion 381, Kalamazoo 383, and Adrian 380. The medalist was Katie O'Brien of Saint Mary's at 78 strokes. Hope's Julie Hoogerhyde was runnerup at 81 strokes. Scores of other Hope golfers were Katie Blodgett 88, Cassie Sneller 89, Clare Hubbard 91, and Cassie Hildebrandt 93.

Flying Dutch Finish in Middle of Pack
The Flying Dutch tied for fifth place among 11 teams at the Olivet College Invitational this weekend. Ferris State won the 36-hole tournament with 614 strokes. Hope and Albion tied for fifth at 746 strokes. Senior Julie Hoogerhyde led the Dutch at 82-91--173. Scores of other Hope golfers were Jori Niemann 97-90—187, Katie Blodgett 90-100—190, Clare Hubbard 98-98—196 and Brittany Posma 104-101—205.

Flying Dutch Win Dual Meet
The Flying Dutch defeated host Kalamazoo in a non-league dual meet, 366-396. Hope's Julie Hoogerhyde won medalist honors with an 18-hole round of 42-43--85. Scores of other Hope golfers were Cassie Sneller 41-45--86, Cassie Hildebrandt 49-46--95, Katie Blodgett 49-51--100 and Clare Hubbard 49-55--104.

Hope Senior is Medalist at League Jamboree
Hope senior Julie Hoogerhyde captured medalist honors as the Flying Dutch finished second at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Alma at the Buck Run golf course. Hoogerhyde finished one stroke over par at 37-37--74. League-leading Olivet won the Jamboree at 324 strokes. Hope ended at 345. Scores of other Hope golfers were freshman Katie Blodgett 88, sophomore Cassie Sneller 91, senior Cassie Hildebrandt 92 and freshman Jori Niemann 105.

The Flying Dutch Win Siena Heights Invite
The Flying Dutch won the five-team Siena Heights Invitational at the Tecumseh Country Club. Hope senior Julie Hoogerhyde was the tournament medalist at 86 strokes. Scores of other Hope golfers were Cassie Sneller 89, Cassie Hildebrant 91, Katie Blodgett 94 and Jori Niemann 102.

Flying Dutch Win Own Invitational
In a tuneup before this weekend's MIAA championship tournament, the Flying Dutch on Tuesday captured their own invitational played at the Macatawa Legends golf course. Coach Eva Dean Folkert's Dutch easily topped the three-team field finishing with a four-player total of 351 strokes. Next were Calvin at 386 and Albion at 422. Sophomore Cassie Sneller captured medalist honors at 38-42--80. Scores of other Hope golfers were Julie Hoogerhyde 41-46--87, Cassie Hildebrandt 48-46--94, Katie Blodgett 43-47--90, Clare Hubbard 48-49--97, Jori Niemann 40-47--87, and Brittany Posma 47-50--97.

Flying Dutch Finish Fourth in Final MIAA Standings
For the second year in-a-row the Flying Dutch finished fourth in the final MIAA standings. Coach Eva Dean Folkert's Dutch ended fourth in thieseason-ending conference tournament to mirror their overall seasonal standings placement. Senior Julie Hoogerhyde placed second in the seasonal player standings, finishing just one stroke behind league medalist Katie O'Brien of Saint Mary's. Olivet repeated as conference champion. Scores of Hope golfers in the 36-hole championship tournament were Julie Hoogerhyde 82-87—169, Katie Blodgett 88-86—174, Cassie Hildebrandt 91-87—178, Cassie Sneller 90-89—179 and Jori Niemann 92-95—187.

The final seasonal standings were: 1. Olivet 1,653, 2. Tri-State 1,711, 3. Saint Mary’s 1,726, 4. Hope 1,742, 5. Alma 1,858, 6. Calvin 1,888, 7. Adrian 1,903, 8. Albion 1,904 and 9. Kalamazoo 1,975.

The placement of Hope golfers in the final seasonal standings were: 2. Julie Hoogerhyde, 81.8; 15. Katie Blodgett 88.6, 17. Cassie Sneller 88.8, 22. Cassie Hildebrandt 90.8, and 38. Jori Niemann 98.6.

Senior and team captain Julie Hoogerhyde (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Northern HS) received All-MIAA first team honors by finishing second in the seasonal standings. She averaged 81.8 strokes per 18-hole tournaments with rounds of 85-81-74-82-87. She was medalist in one of the five conference tournaments and co-medalist in another. Her 74 at Bucks Run (Alma) tied an MIAA record for the best all-time tournament round.

Flying Dutch Fourth in NCAA Qualifier
The Flying Dutch finished fourth for the third straight round at the MIAA's qualifying tournament for the NCAA championship. Olivet gained the MIAA's automatic berth at next month's tournament.

Flying Dutch Still Fourth in MIAA
The Flying Dutch remain in fourth place in the standings after two rounds of the MIAA's qualifying tournament for the NCAA championship. The second of three 18-hole rounds was played Friday at the Medalist golf course in Marshall. Mich. The third round will be played on Saturday. Saint Mary's won Friday's round while Olivet remains in first place through two rounds. Scores on Friday were Saint Mary's 347, Olivet 350, Tri-State 365, Hope 368, Albion 384, Kalamazoo 388 and Adrian 406. The standings through two rounds are Olivet 669, Saint Mary's 684, Tri-State 707, Hope 723, Kalamazoo 765, Albion 769 and Adrian 796. Medalist on Friday was Susan Snyder of Albion at 83. Scores of Hope golfers were Cassie Sneller 90, Katie Blodgett 91, Julie Hoogerhyde 92, Jori Niemann 95 and Cassie Hildebrandt 100.

Flying Dutch Post Dual Victory
The Flying Dutch defeated Albion 351-400 in a dual match tuneup prior to next weekend's conference tournament. Hope sophomore Cassie Sneller captured medalist honors over the Wuskowan Players Club course at 40-40--80. Scores of other Hope golfers were Katie Blodgett, 40-49--89; Cassie Hildebrandt, 46-46--92; Julie Hoogerhyde, 52-45--97; and Jori Niemann, 45-61--106. Scores of Albion golfers were Nicole Abbott, 50-43--93; Jessica Prister, 52-47--99; Jessi Husby, 57-47--104; Danika Varady, 48-56--104; Dede Kearney, 62-57--119.

Flying Dutch Fourth in MIAA Tournament
The Flying Dutch finished fourth in the first of three NCAA qualifying tournaments being held this spring by the MIAA. Wednesday's 18-hole round at Tri-State's Zolner golf course was won by regular season MIAA champion Olivet at 319 strokes followed by Saint Mary's 337, Tri-State 342, Hope 355, Kalamazoo 377, Albion 385, and Adrian 390. The medalist was Megan Rimmel of Olivet 38-36--74. Leading Hope was Julie Hoogerhyde 41-39--80. Scores of other Hope golfers were Cassie Sneller 44-45--89, Cassie Hildebrandt 42-51--93, Jori Niemann 48-45--93, and Katie Blodgett 50-48--98. The final 36 holes will be played April 25-26.

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