THE SEASON IN REVIEW
Second Place in MIAA Seasonal Standings
Second Place in NCAA Qualifying Rounds
2012 Spring Season in Review
Flying Dutch End Second at NCAA Qualifier
The Flying Dutch finished second in the MIAA's four-team NCAA qualifier which concluded Saturday. Saint Mary's will represent the MIAA at the NCAA championships to be hosted by conference member Trine. Saturday's final round was the most competitive in the series with Saint Mary's and Olivet tying for first place at 328 strokes while Hope was just one stroke behind (329) followed by Calvin (353). Saint Mary's ultimate margin of victory all came in the first round. The Belles ended at 986 strokes followed by Hope 1,009, Olivet 1,016 and Calvin 1,091. On Saturday the Flying Dutch were led by Megan Scholten at 78 strokes followed by Emily Atsma 82, Charlotte Park 83, Brittany Haight 86 and Andrea McCarty 87.
Flying Dutch Win NCAA Qualifying Tournament
The Flying Dutch on Friday won the MIAA's second NCAA-qualifying tournament, but with one round remaining the climb to the overall lead is sizeable. Coach Greg Stafford's Flying Dutch won the 18-hole round at The Medalist by four strokes over Saint Mary's, but still trail the Belles by 22 strokes heading into Saturday's final round, also at The Medalist. The winner of the qualifier will compete in the NCAA Division III championships next month.
Hope ended the round at 330 strokes followed by Saint Mary's 334, Olivet 341 and Calvin 354. After two rounds Saint Mary's has 658 strokes followed by Hope 680, Olivet 686 and Calvin 758.
Megan Scholten and Andrea McCarty led the Flying Dutch at 81 strokes apiece followed by Emily Atsma 83, Brittany Haight 85 and Charlotte Park 87.
Flying Dutch Second at Trine Tournament
The Flying Dutch finished second in the five-team Trine Spring Classic on Friday. Baldwin-Wallace, Ohio won the 18-hole tournament at 331 strokes followed by Hope 372, Trine 377, Rochester 397 and Manchester 400. The medalist was Rebecca Kapusta of B-W at 77 strokes. Leading Hope was Maggie Mangan at 89 strokes. Scores of other Hope golfers were Andrea Powell 91, Courtney Jenkins 96, Mary Bradley 96 and Stephanie Stover 96.
Flying Dutch Third in NCAA Qualifier
The first of three rounds to determine the MIAA's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III championships went to Saint Mary's on Tuesday. The 18-hole round at Hope's Wuskowhan Player Club course went to the Belles at 324 strokes followed by Olivet 345, Hope 350 and Calvin 384. The next two rounds will be hosted by Olivet on Friday and Saturday at The Medalist in Marshall.
The medalist was Doyle O'Brien of Saint Mary's at 71 strokes. Leading Hope were Megan Scholten and Emily Atsma at 84 strokes each. The next three Hope scorers each had 91 -- Charlotte Park, Brittany Haight and Andrea McCarty.
Flying Dutch Win Tournament in Illinois
The Flying Dutch captured first place in a weather-abbreviated tournament hosted by Millikin, Ill. Saturday's play was cancelled because of inclement weather so Friday's scores determined the champion. On Friday coach Greg Stafford's Flying Dutch had a four-player total of 346 strokes, one stroke ahead of Indiana Tech. There are 11 teams in the tournament. Leading Hope was Charlotte Park at 84 strokes, followed by Megan Scholten 85, Andrea McCarty 88, Brittany Haight 89 and Emily Atsma 94.
Flying Dutch on Top of Tournament in Illinois
The Flying Dutch are in first place after the opening day of a two-day, 36-hole tournament being hosted by Millikin, Ill. Coach Greg Stafford's Flying Dutch had a four-player total of 346 strokes, one stroke ahead of Indiana Tech. There are 11 teams in the tournament. Leading Hope was Charlotte Park at 84 strokes, followed by Megan Scholten 85, Andrea McCarty 88, Brittany Haight 89 and Emily Atsma 94.
Flying Dutch Win Adrian Invitational
The Flying Dutch captured first place in the five-team Adrian Invitational on Saturday. Coach Greg Stafford's Dutch totaled 349 strokes followed by Adrian 372, Alma 387, Trine 405 and Rochester 411.
Senior Emily Atsma captured medalist honors with an 18-hole round of 84 strokes. Rounding out Hope's team total were Brittany Haight 87, Charlotte Park 88 and Andrea Powell 90. Also scoring were Montana Leep 90, Andrea McCarty 91, Courtney Jenkins 99 and Maggie Mangan 102.
Flying Dutch Third in Home Invitational
The Flying Dutch tied for third place with rival Calvin at their home invitational on Thursday. Olivet took top honors in the five-team tournament played at The Ravines with 332 strokes, followed by Aquinas 354, Hope and Calvin 356 each and Rochester 410. Medalist was Lauren Campbell of Olivet at 38-40--78. Leading Hope was Andrea McCarty at 46-40-86 followed by Andrea Powell 41-46--87, Megan Scholten 45-43--88, Emily Atsma 45-46--91, Brittany Haight 42-49--91, and Charlotte Park 44-47--91.
Flying Dutch Compete in Florida Dual Meet
In preparation for their spring schedule which will include the MIAA's qualifier for the NCAA championships, the Flying Dutch competed in a two-day dual against Division I Hartford, Conn. in Port St. Lucia, Fla. The Hawks topped the Flying Dutch 680-714. Scores of Hope golfers were Andrea McCarty 85-93--178, Emily Atsma 83-96--179, Megan Scholten 89-93--182, Charlotte Park 93-90--183, and Brittany Haight 93-88--191.
2011 Fall Season in Review
Flying Dutch Finish Second in MIAA Race
Final MIAA Standings
The Flying Dutch finished second in the final MIAA standings relinquishing a 16-stroke advantage to eventual champion Olivet over two championship rounds this weekend. The Comets ended with a 10 stroke advantage in the final seasonal standings. Second place is Hope's highest under third-year coach Greg Stafford and the best since 2003. Hope golfers Charlotte Park (a junior from Grosse Point Farms) and Brittany Haight (freshman from Otsego) received All-MIAA first team honors while Megan Scholten (senior from Grand Rapids) was a second team honoree.
Hope's First Place Lead Cut Entering Season Finale
The Flying Dutch approach Saturday's final round of the MIAA women's golf season in first place, but the margin of that lead is down to single digits after Olivet captured Friday's round. Playing on their home course, the Comets finished nine strokes ahead of the Flying Dutch trimming Hope's lead to a meer six strokes. The final 18-hole round will be played Saturday, again at Bedford Valley beginning at 9 a.m.
Through five rounds Hope's seasonal total is 1,660 strokes followed by Olivet at 1,666, Saint Mary's 1,708, Calvin 1,755, Adrian 1,836, Trine 1,860, Albion 1,893, Alma 1,919 and Kalamazoo 1,981.
Friday's medalist was Theresa Damico at 38-39--77. Leading Hope was Brittany Haight at 41-39--80 followed by Charlotte Park 42-39--81, Megan Scholten 41-44-85, Lauren Zandstra 43-45--8, aned Emily Atsma 48-48--94.
Flying Dutch Maintain Lead in MIAA Race
Results / MIAA Standings
The Flying Dutch maintained their lead in the MIAA race by tying for first place in a makeup jamboree on Thursday. Playing at Olivet's home course (Bedford Valley), the Flying Dutch tied the hosts at 322 strokes. Hope maintains its 15 stroke advantage in the seasonal standings with two rounds remaining. Those rounds will also be played at Bedford Valley on Friday and Saturday. Hope is bidding for its first conference championship since 2001.
Olivet's Lauren Campbell set an MIAA 18-hole record at 70 strokes. Leading Hope was junior Charlotte Park at 37-41--78 strokes. Scores of other Hope golfers were Megan Scholten 39-41--80, Lauren Zandstra 43-37--80, Brittany Haight 41-43--84 and Emily Atsma 44-43--87.
Seasonal standings scores after four rounds are Hope 1,326, Olivet 1,341, Saint Mary's 1,371, Calvin 1,402, Adrian 1,470, Trine 1,486, Albion 1,525, Alma 1,556 and Kalamazoo 1,586.
Olivet's Lauren Campbell tops the seasonal player standings at 79.3 strokes per round followed by three Hope golfers -- Charlotte Park 80.3, Megan Scholten 82.3, and Brittany Haight 82.3.
Flying Dutch Win MIAA Jamboree to Remain in First Place
The Flying Dutch maintained their hold on first place in the MIAA standings by winning the season's third jamboree on Saturday at Milham Park in Kalamazoo. Coach Greg Stafford's Dutch edged Saint Mary's by a stroke in the jamboree and will head into the final week of the season with a 15 stroke advantage over the field.
Hope junior Charlotte Park won medalist honors in the jamboree to remain in first place in the individual seasonal standings. She shot an 81 (40-41) for the third straight jamboree. Other Hope scores were Megan Scholten 41-42--83, Brittany Haight 41-45--86, Lauren Zandstra 44-45--89 and Emily Atsma 43-47--90.
Hope finished with a four-player total of 339 strokes followed by Saint Mary's 340, Calvin 348, Olivet 351, Adrian 370, Trine 373, Albion 379, Kalamazoo 381 and Alma 396.
Hope's seasonal total is 1,004 strokes followed by Olivet 1,019, Saint Mary's 1,027, Calvin 1,050, Trine and Adrian 1,100 each, Albion 1,155, Alma 1,156 and Kalamazoo 1,169.
Flying Dutch Have Busy Weekend Outside League
Hope's entire team had an opportunity to see action this past weekend by competing in two tournaments.
- The Flying Dutch finished third in the 36-hole, nine-team Battle at Blackthorn hosted by Bethel University. Host Bethel won the tournament at 638 strokes followed by St. Francis, Ind. 656, Hope 669, Olivet Nazarene 708, Ashford 709, Trine 725, Holy Cross 767, Rose Hulman 774 and Judson 786. Leading Hope was Megan Scholten at 82-83--165 followed by Brittany Haight 83-85--168, Charlotte Park 83-86--169, Emily Atsma 81-88-169, and Montana Leep 89-86--175.
- The "B" team finished fourth in the four-team, 18-hole Alma College tournament. Calvin led the field at 351 strokes followed bvy Alma and Aqauinas 354 each and Hope 355. Lauren Zandstra led the Dutch at 85 strokes followed by Andrea Powell 87, Andrea McCarty 89, Maggie Mangan 94 and Courtney Jenkins 95.
Flying Dutch Maintain Lead in MIAA Race
Results The Flying Dutch remain in first place in a tightening league race after finishing runnerup in the season's second MIAA Jamboree on Wednesday. Coach Greg Stafford's Dutch hosted the nine-team field at The Ravines golf course. Olivet took top honors at 323 strokes followed by Hope 340, Saint Mary's 345, Calvin 354, Adrian 373, Alma and Trine 380, Kalamazoo 383 and Albion 384.
The medalist was Theresa Damico of Olivet at 38-36--74. Leading Hope was Charlotte Park 40-41--81 followed by Megan Scholten 43-41--84, Lauren Zandstra 42-43--85, Montano Leep 44-46--90 and Emily Atsma 45-51--96. Freshman Brittany Haight, the medalist at the first MIAA Jamboree, was unable to play because of illness.
After two rounds Hope has a three stroke advantage over second place Olivet, 665-668, followed by Saint Mary's 687, Calvin 702, Trine 737, Adrian 740, Alma 760, Albion 776 and Kalamazoo 788.
Flying Dutch Win MIAA Jamboree;
Freshman is Medalist (9/16/11)
The Flying Dutch opened conference play Thursday by accomplishing something no Hope team has done in eight years; they won a Jamboree! Led by freshman Brittany Haight (pictured), coach Greg Stafford's Dutch finished 17 strokes ahead of runnerup Saint Mary's. Haight covered Tine's Zollner golf course in 37-40--77.
Hope ended with a four-player total of 325 followed by Saint Mary's 342, Olivet 345, Calvin 348, Trine 357, Adrian 367, Alma 380, Albion 392 and Kalamazoo 405.
Scores of other Hope golfers were Charlotte Park 42-39--81, Megan Scholten 39-43--82, Emily Atsma 40-45--85, and Lauren Zandstra 43-45--88.
Flying Dutch Sixth at Olivet Invitational
The Flying Dutch finished sixth in a 14-team field at the two-day Olivet Fall Invitational. Host Olivet won the tournament with 664 strokes. Hope ended 30 strokes behind at 694. Megan Scholten led the Dutch at 89-81--170 followed by Lauren Zandstra 86-88--174, Emily Atsma 84-93--177, Charlotte Park 87-90--177 and Brittany Haight 85-95--180.
Flying Dutch Share Aquinas Invitational Title
The Flying Dutch tied with host Aquinas for team honors at the Aquinas Invitational held Tuesday at the Scott Lake golf course. Each team finished with a four-player score of 344 strokes. Rounding out the standings were Davenport 353, Albion 390 and Cornerstone 465. Sharing tournament medalist honors were Hope golfers Charlotte Park and Andrea McCarty who each shot an 83. Other scores were Andrea Powell 87, Montana Leep 91, Courtney Jenkins 91, Lauren Messer 99 and Stephanie Stover 103.
Hope Finishes Fifth in Season-Opening Tournament
The Flying Dutch finished fifth in the season-opening NCAA Preview Tournament hosted by Trine University. Washington-St. Louis led the 13-team field with a two-day, 36-hole total of 621 strokes. Hope, which improved its team score by 21 strokes from Friday to Saturday, ended with 675 strokes. Leading Hope was Emily Atsma at 85-82--167. Next were Charlotte Park 90-78--168, Megan Scholten 83-85--168, Lauren Zandstra 91-82--173 and Brittany Haight 90-87--177.