In an annual spring match-play competition that honors Joan Stafford, the late wife of Hope coach Greg Stafford, the Flying Dutch golf team claimed a dominating victory in defeating Calvin College, 6-1, on Friday at the Ravines Golf Club in Saugatuck.
This marks the fifth consecutive year that Hope has defeated the Knights in this dueling format.
Jordyn Rioux (HOPE) def. Nicole VanderYacht, 4&3
Abigail Meder (HOPE) def. Linnea McDonald, 4&3
Ariana Stewart (HOPE) def. Emma Dykhouse, 2&1
Megan Jenkinson (HOPE) def. Meredith Bult, 3&1
Megan Radaz (HOPE) def. Kaylee Hirschman, 3&2
Deanna DeLeeuw (HOPE) def. Amanda Scholten, 6&5
Mia Kurkechian (CALVIN) def. Lexi Miller, 3&2
Hope returns to action next on Friday-Saturday, April 26-27 in rounds two and three of the MIAA NCAA Division III Championship Qualifier. On Thursday, Hope hosted the first round of the 54-hole national qualifier and placed second behind Saint Mary's. Next weekend, the Belles — as the MIAA regular season champion last fall — will hold the final two rounds on its home course at Knollwood Country Club in Granger, Indiana.