BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - Calvin took fifth at the MIAA Fall Tournament with a 36-hole weekend team score of 698 strokes.
The Knights finish fifth in the final MIAA regular season standings, just one stroke behind Trine with Trine grabbing the fourth and final berth to the 2020 MIAA Spring AQ Tournament.
Tournament play began on Friday but was halted due to strong winds and rain with three holes left to play. The Friday round was completed on Saturday morning with Calvin coming in with a team score of 345 strokes.
Calvin then completed its final 18-hole round on Saturday, posting a score of 353.
Trine shot a weekend total of 685 including a score of 328 to move up from fifth and edge past Calvin.
A highlight of the weekend for the Knights was the play of sophomore Emma Dykhouse (Byron Center, Mich./South Christian HS) who took fourth on the weekend (80-79) and finished sixth in the final league (overall season) standings with an average of 82.33 strokes-per-round. In doing so, Dykhouse earned a spot on the All-MIAA First Team, becoming the first Calvin women's golfer to do so since Carlia Canto did so in 2013.
Junior Amanda Scholten (Wyoming, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) had a solid weekend, posting scores of 87 and 89.
Junior Linnea McDonnough (Pentwater, Mich./Pentwater HS) was next with scores of 92 and 89 while junior Meredith Bult (Wheaton, Il./Wheaton Academy HS) had rounds of 86 and 96. Junior McKenna Smith (Bridgman, Mich./Bridgman HS) had rounds of 96 and 97.
Calvin will now turn its attention to its spring season while looking back on several record-breaking team scores during the MIAA fall campaign.
COACHES COMMENT: "We're all disappointed that our record-breaking season fell one shot short of making it back to the spring AQ for a second straight year," said Calvin women's golf coach Jerry Bergsma. "As a coach, you tell your players at the beginning of every season that every shot matters. We learned that lesson in a very real way this season. We have lots of things to build on as we go into the off-season to get ready for our spring schedule but we know it will look a little different having a spring schedule without the MIAA AQ in the mix. It's back to work and we'll keep pursuing our team and individual goals."
FINAL MIAA WOMEN'S GOLF FALL TEAM STANDINGS
Saint Mary's - 1910
Hope - 2010
Olivet - 2033
Trine - 2060
Alma - 2113
Albion - 2120
Adrian - 2161
Kalamazoo - 2413