by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College women's golf team shot its lowest round of the season en route to a second-place finish at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Jamboree on Tuesday.
The Flying Dutch fired a team score of 323 at its home course, Ravines Golf Club.
Sophomore Jordyn Rioux of Farmington, Michigan (Livonia Ladywood HS) carded a 4-over-par 76 to top the Flying Dutchmen. She finished fourth.
Sophomore Abigail Meder of Lansing, Michigan (Lansing Catholic Central) chipped in a sixth-place 78 for Hope.
Saint Mary's won the event with a record-setting 293 that was the lowest round ever in an MIAA Jamboree. The Belles eclipsed the previous best of 299 the Flying Dutch record during the first round of the 2016 MIAA Fall Championship.
"I'm very happy with the way we played," head coach Greg Stafford said of his Hope golfers. "We're pleased as punch."
The Flying Dutch extended their lead over third-place Albion in the overall standings to 42 strokes after 54 holes. There are 54 holes remaining in the regular season. Saint Mary's leads Hope by 63 strokes.
Senior Ariana Stewart of Kalamazoo, Michigan (Comstock) chipped in an 82 for the Flying Dutch.
Photo of Ariana Stewart by Alan Babbitt
Freshman Megan Jenkinson of Traverse City, Michigan (West) rounded out Hope's scoring with an 87.
Playing as an individual, freshman Deanne DeLeeuw of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville) recorded an 83.
The Flying Dutch also received a round of 89 from freshman Megan Radaz of Alma, Michigan (Alma),