Women's Golf Runner-Up In MIAA After Final Round Of Fall Rained Out

Women's golf team posing for a team picture at Wuskowhan Players Club The Hope College women's golf team finished runner-up in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings for the 2018 fall season after rain washed out the final round on Saturday.

The Flying Dutch finished 90 holes of league play with a total of 1,690. Saint Mary's College (Indiana) repeated as champion with a total of 1,553.

MIAA Standings

Hope qualifies for next spring's NCAA Division III Championship qualifier. The field will include Saint Mary's, third-place Albion College and fourth-place Calvin College.

The Flying Dutch placed fourth in the MIAA Fall Tournament after shooting a 343 on Friday at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek.

Head coach Greg Stafford said his team wanted to get back on the course on Saturday but agreed it was the right decision not to play because of the weather and a water-logged course.

"We didn't play very well yesterday. We wanted to be in second place in every match," Stafford said. "That's the type of golfers we have. We have women who want to excel and want to be good."

The Flying Dutch will host the first round of the 54-hole NCAA qualifier next spring. Saint Mary's will host the final two rounds.

Stafford said the Flying Dutch are looking forward to golfing again.

"We've got a really young team," Stafford said. "We really believe we're going to improve between now and then. I think this team's better days are ahead of it."

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