Flying Dutchmen Claim MIAA Championship
The Flying Dutchmen are back atop the MIAA. Coach Bob Ebels' Dutchmen on Saturday (Oct. 8) claimed Hope's tenth conference championship over the past 13 years and the 16th in school history. While the Flying Dutchmen finished third in the season finale, they were able to maintain their first place seasonal margin by 19 strokes. It was a steady climb to the league championship for the Flying Dutchmen who were in fifth place after two jamborees and didn't move into first place until the sixth jamboree.
Senior Nick Campbell (Saline, Mich./Saline HS) achieved All-MIAA first team honors for a third consecutive year as he finished sixth (76.1 stroke average) in the seasonal player standings. Senior Andy Thomson (Beaver Dam, Wisc./Central Wisconsin Christian HS) achieved All-MIAA second team recognition averaging 77.4 strokes and was presented the MIAA's sportsmanship award.
Flying Dutch Finish Second in MIAA Race
The Flying Dutch finished second in the final MIAA standings relinquishing a 16-stroke advantage to eventual champion Olivet over two championship rounds the weekend of Oct. 7-8. The Comets ended with a 10-stroke advantage in the final seasonal standings. Second place is Hope's highest under third-year coach Greg Stafford and the best since 2003.
Hope golfers Charlotte Park (a junior from Grosse Point Farms, Mich./Grosse Pointe South HS) and Brittany Haight (a freshman from Otsego, Mich./Otsego HS) received All-MIAA first team honors while Megan Scholten (a senior from Grand Rapids, Mich./GR Christian HS) was a second team honoree.