by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College women's golf team posted the second-lowest round during the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association NCAA Division III Championship qualifier on Thursday at The Ravines Golf Club in Saugatuck.
Led by Jordyn Rioux, the Flying Dutch finished with a 357 that was four strokes better than third-place Calvin College and seven ahead of fourth-place Albion College. Regular-season champion Saint Mary's fired a 328.
Hope hosted the first round of the 54-hole national qualifier by placing second during the regular season. Saint Mary's will hold the final two rounds on its home course on Friday-Saturday, April 26-27 at Knollwood Country Club in Granger, Indiana.
Rioux, pictured, carded a 12-over-par 84 for fifth place among individuals. The sophomore from Farmington, Michigan (Livonia Ladywood HS) shot 42 on each nine.
Sophomore Abigail Meder of Lansing, Michigan (Lansing Catholic Central) tied for sixth with an 88.
Freshman Megan Radaz of Alma, Michigan (Alma) tied for eighth with an 89.
Hope is scheduled to compete again on Friday, April 19 with a match-play event against Calvin College at The Ravines that honors Joan Stafford, the late wife of head coach Greg Stafford.