2019 Hope College Women's Golf Preview Take a Look at the Upcoming Season

Pictured above: Junior captain Abigail Meder

2019 At A Glance

  • Roster size: 10
  • Returners: 7
  • Captains: Juniors Abigail Meder and Jordyn Rioux
  • 2018 Regular Season Recap: Hope finished runner-up in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
  • 2019 MIAA Spring NCAA Qualifier Recap: After inclement weather abbreviated the 54-hole qualifying standard to 36 holes, the Flying Dutch took third place.

Pictured left: Junior captain Jordyn Rioux

2019 Roster

The Flying Dutch's roster consists of two juniors, six sophomores and three freshmen. Two returning players earned All-MIAA honors in 2018: Juniors Abigail Meder and Jordyn Rioux were named second team AlI-MIAA with scoring averages of 81.2 and 81.6 in league play, respectively.

"Jordyn and Abby's best asset is they're both great leaders who happen to play number one and two on the team. So that's huge. Megan Jenkinson finished third in tryouts and looks pretty solid. She is much better, much improvement from her freshman year. Then we need to fill in positions four and five to be closer to the top to have a successful year. We're still working on the right combination there." — Head Coach Greg Stafford
TOP PHOTO: Sophomore Deanna DeLeeuw lines up a putt; BOTTOM LEFT: Megan Radaz finished the 2018 fall season with a 87.2 scoring average, third best for the Flying Dutch; BOTTOM LEFT: Sophomore Megan Jenkinson finishes a hole.

2019 Women's Golf Schedule

The Flying Dutch open their 2019 season with a non-league dual match against Albion College on Thursday, August 29 at Hope's home course, The Ravines Golf Club in Saugatuck. League play begins with the first jamboree hosted by Alma College at Pine River Country Club on Saturday, September 14. The season concludes on Friday and Saturday, October 11-12 with two rounds in the MIAA Fall Finish at Bedford Valley Country Club in Battle Creek.

"With our schedule, we used to go two Friday-Saturday tournaments, two weekends in a row and we just felt school-wise that was too tough on the women to miss two Fridays back-to-back. So we are opening with Albion in a dual match, and I really like that because this is just an extension of tryouts to helps us. That match will help us solidify things every more." — Head Coach Greg Stafford

Head Coach Greg Stafford

In his 10 years as head coach of the Hope College women's golf team, Greg Stafford has guided the Flying Dutch to three MIAA championships and three NCAA Division III Championship appearances. In 2015-16, his Flying Dutch finished a program-best 10th in the nation.

"The women are very excited to get started, and they're looking forward to having a good year. I remind them that our success is focusing on us, not other teams. It doesn't matter who we're playing. We're not really playing them. We're playing the course. Let's see how close we can be to being our best because this is golf. When we control the things that we can control then we're going to be much better. That really is the battle." — Head Coach Greg Stafford
The Flying Dutch have set their sights on being in contention for an MIAA title.

By The Numbers

  • 3. Number of Hope golfers — Deanna DeLeeuw, Abigail Meder, and Jordyn Rioux — named as MIAA Honor Roll Honorees and as All-America Scholars by the Women's Golf Coaches Association for the 2018-19 season.
  • 74. A Hope-best individual score in fall 2018 posted by Abigail Meder, shot at The Medalist Golf Club in Marshall.
  • 323. A Hope-best team score in fall 2018 posted in the season's third jamboree at The Ravines.
  • 5,800. The minimum 18-hole total yardage necessary for Division III women's golf competition to comply with NCAA rules.

Hope's Home Course Advantage

Before the start of play, a team moment.
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Eva Dean Folkert


Photos by Lynne Powe

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