Women's Golf Improves to Take Fourth Place at Two-Day Olivet Invitational

by Eva Dean Folkert

Abigail Meder poses for a portrait. Grace VanDellen poses for a portrait. In their second and final day in Olivet College's Kyle Campbell Invitational on Saturday, the Hope College women's golf team played its way into the clubhouse 20 strokes better than the day before. On Friday, the Flying Dutch shot 350 for sixth place and on Saturday, they fired a 330.

The improvement leaped Coach Greg Stafford's Flying Dutch two places higher in the standings and landed the squad in fourth place overall at the event's conclusion at the The Medalist Golf Club, Country Club in Marshall, Michigan.

The event was won by Saint Mary's College with rounds of 322 and 317.

"Today was just a totally different day," said Stafford.  "We obviously didn't play as well as we wanted yesterday but we turned it around today and really played pretty well. Everything was clicking; seven of our eight players shot in the 80s. It was just a good day."

Junior Abigail Meder, pictured right, of Lansing (Lansing Catholic Central HS), led Hope both days with rounds of 84 and 81 (165), putting her in a tie for 15th place.

Freshman Grace VanDellen of Oxford (Lutheran Northwest HS), pictured left, was next for the Flying Dutch, firing rounds of 87 and 83 (170) to tie her for 20th place.

Improving eight strokes in her second round was junior Jordyn Rioux of Farmington (Livonia Ladywood HS) who shot an 82 on Saturday. With her 90 on Friday, she earned a tie for 24th place with 172 strokes.

Next, sophomore Megan Jenkinson of Traverse City (Traverse City West HS) went seven strokes lower than the day before too and fired an 84. Her 175-stroke total (after shooting 91 on Friday) put her in 31st place.

Finally, sophomore Deanna DeLeeuw of Hudsonville (Hudsonville HS) shot an 89 and a 93, and ended the event tied for 41st place.

Playing exhibition in the event was sophomore Lexi Miller of Bremen, Ind. (Bremen HS), with 87-85 (172), 24th-place tie; freshman Rita Chewey of Mason (Masn HS), with 90-86 (176), 32nd-place tie; and sophomore Megan Radaz of Alma (Alma HS) who played on Saturday only to a round of 88.

Hope's next action is in its first MIAA Jamboree hosted by Alma College at Pine River Country Club. Tee-off time is 1 p.m.

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