SMC at MIAA Championships
Belles Claim MIAA Championship in Commanding Fashion
BEDFORD VALLEY, Mich. - The #2/#4 Saint Mary's College golf team claimed their fifth MIAA Championship with a 329 on Saturday at the one-round fall finale at the season-ending MIAA Championships.
What was supposed to be a two-round, 36-hole championship was shortened to a one-round, 18-hole outing due to rain yesterday. The Belles had entered the MIAA Championships with a 17 stroke lead over second place Olivet and extended that to 30 strokes at the end of the day on Saturday.
The Comets shot a 342 on Saturday to finish the fall with a 1650 stroke total (330.0 avg) for the five rounds while the Belles clinched the championship with a total of 1620 (324.0 avg) on the fall.
Martyna Mierzwa continued her outstanding fall campaign by earning both medalist honors at the Championships as well as season medalist and MIAA Most Valuable Golfer honors on the season. The freshman shot a 78 on the day to become the youngest golfer in school history to earn the league honors of Championship and season medalist. She also set an MIAA record for the lowest scoring average in the fall season with a 76.8 average per MIAA round. The previous record was 79.4 set by Saint Mary's Julia Adams in 2004. It is only the second time in MIAA golf history that a golfer has averaged lower than an 80.0 in the season.
Mary Kate Boyce, Natalie Matuszak, and Rosie O'Connor all finished up with strong performances at the Championships for the Belles. Boyce shot an 81 on the day to finish third overall. Matuszak, meanwhile, shot an 84 for sole possession of sixth place. O'Connor shot an 86 to tie for ninth place. Mierzwa, Boyce, Matuszak, and O'Connor were all named to the All-Tournament Team for Saint Mary's. Perri Hamma rounded out the top five golfers for the Belles with a 99 on the day.
In addition to the All-Tournament Team accolades, several Belles earned All-MIAA Seasonal honors. Mierzwa, who was the MIAA Most Valuable Golfer, was an All-MIAA First Team selection. Boyce and Matuszak joined Mierzwa on the First Team. O'Connor was an All-MIAA Second Team selection for Saint Mary's. It is the first time since the fall 2004 season that the Belles had three First Team honorees.
By winning the fall MIAA Championship, Saint Mary's has earned the right to host the final two of three 18-hole rounds played in the spring to determine the conference's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships to be played next May.
Most Valuable Golfer
Martyna Mierzwa, Saint Mary’s (freshman from Poznan, Poland/First Public High School)
All-MIAA First Team
Martyna Mierzwa, Saint Mary’s* (freshman from Poznan, Poland/First Public HS)
Becca Miller, Trine* (senior from Logansport, Ind./Logansport HS)
Amber Conrad, Olivet** (junior from Battle Creek/Harper Creek HS)
Megan Rimmel, Olivet** (senior from Ithaca/Ithaca HS)
Mary Kate Boyce, Saint Mary’s* (junior from Oak Lawn, Ill./Mother McAuley HS)
Natalie Matuszak, Saint Mary's* (sophomore from Traverse City/Central HS)
*denotes years All-MIAA First Team
All-MIAA Second Team
Rosie O'Connor, Saint Mary's (junior from Fox Point, Wisc./Divine Savior Holy Angels HS)
Lauren Campbell, Olivet (sophomore from Fenton/Fenton HS)
Charlotte Park, Hope (freshman from Grosse Pointe)
Abby Wheeler, Olivet (junior from Grayling/Grayling HS)
Megan Scholten, Hope (sophomore from Grand Rapids/GR Christian HS)
Cassie Sneller, Hope (senior from Holland/Hamilton HS)