Historic Moments and Notable Performances
through the 2011-12 school year
Women's intercollegiate golf was launched at Hope College in 1991. The Flying Dutch were the first champions
of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). In the decade of the 1990s Hope brought home the MIAA's
first place trophy five times.
Lisa Stover '94 and Ellen Colenbrander '00 were each a three-time MIAA medalist and Division III All-American. Stover
finished fifth at the 1994 tournament of the National Golf Coaches Association while Colenbrander was an NCAA All-American
twice, finishing seventh in 1998 and eighth in 2000. Colenbrander qualified for nationals four consecutive years. Stover and Colenbrander were also Academic
Three years after her sister competed at nationals, Emily Colenbrander '03 repeated the fete by gaining a berth at the NCAA
Division III championships.
Lacey Wicksall '04 was named the 2001 Division III national freshman of the year. She qualified for the NCAA championships
three times in her career.
The 2006 fall season had an inauspicious ending. Enroute to the season-ending
conference tournament, the team was involved in an auto accident that
prevented them from continuing on. Coach
Eva Dean Folkert and one of the team members suffered minor
injuries in the accident. Hope ranked
in sixth place entering the tournament. The MIAA Governing Board later voted to
keep Hope at sixth place in the final standings.
Freshman Caitlin McDougall shot the first ace of her golfing career on the par three 12th hole (130 yards) of the
Macatawa Legends golf course. The ace came in her first collegiate match on August 30, 2008.
For the first time in school history, the 2008-09 Flying Dutch were nationally ranked in the Division III poll of Golf World
magazine, placing 25th. The 2009-10 Flying Dutch were also ranked throughout the season, placing 15th in the final poll.