by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College women's golf team inched closer to second place in the overall standings on Thursday during the final Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Jamboree of the fall.
Playing for the second day in a row, the Flying Dutch posted a runner-up team score of 332 at The Medalist Golf Club in Marshall despite wet and windy conditions.
Hope finished three strokes ahead of third-place Olivet and three strokes behind jamboree winner Saint Mary's College.
After 72 holes, Hope trails Olivet by two strokes. There are 36 holes remaining in the regular season. The two-day MIAA Fall Finish is scheduled for Friday-Saturday, October 11-12 at Bedford Valley Country Club in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Saint Mary's is the overall leader by 64 strokes. The regular-season champion hosts the final two rounds of the MIAA's NCAA Championship qualifier next spring. The second-place team hosts the first round.
"We took care of playing about as well as we could have in the conditions," head coach Greg Stafford said. "I thought we played very well the past two days. This is about where I thought we'd be. We're really happy with where we are. We have something to play for next week."
On Thursday, junior Abigail Meder of Lansing, Michigan (Lansing Catholic Central HS) and freshman Grace VanDellen of Oxford, Michigan (Lutheran Northwest) shared medalist honors for the jamboree by carding 8-over-par 80s.
Meder and VanDellen were part of a three-way tie for first place along with Olivet's Nicole Deweyert.
Junior Jordyn Rioux of Farmington, Michigan (Livonia Ladywood) tied for ninth after shooting an 84.
Playing as an individual, sophomore Deanna DeLeeuw of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville) shot an 86.