Belles Finish Third in MIAA Standings, Matuszak and Brown All-MIAA
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - The Saint Mary's golf team matched their 337 score yesterday on Saturday as they wrapped up the fall 2011 MIAA season with a third place finish.
Olivet overcame a 15-stroke deficit in the season standings heading into the weekend to win the MIAA women's golf championship. Hope finished ten strokes behind the Comets for second place while the Belles took third. Olivet's Lauren Campbell was the medalist of the two-day season finale as well as the overall season medalist.
Natalie Matuszak continued to lead the way for the Belles. The senior shot an 82 on Saturday to finish the championship round fourth overall with a 159. Janice Heffernan was hot on Mautsazk's heels as the freshman turned in a season-best 83. For the weekend, Heffernan shot a combined 168 and finished ninth individually. Christine Brown was just one stroke behind Heffernan on Saturday with an 84 and a two-day score of 169 for tenth place. All three golfers earned all-tournament team honors for finishing in the top ten.
Jessica Kinnick carded an 88 for an improvement of nine strokes from yesterday's round to wrap up the Belles' team score of 337. The junior had a two-day effort of 185 (t-28th). Cara Kielty was the fifth scoring-eligible golfer and shot a 93 on the final day of the fall season. Kielty had a combined score of 183 (t-23rd).
At the conclusion of the event, the 2011 All-MIAA awards were announced. The Belles had two honorees on the all-conference squad, which is determined by end of season stroke average in conference play. Senior Natalie Matuszak was an All-MIAA First Team honoree for the second time in her career. Classmate Christine Brown, meanwhile, was a Second Team honoree for the Belles.
2011 All-MIAA Women's Golf Team
Most Valuable Player
Lauren Campbell, Olivet
Lauren Campbell, Olivet
All-MIAA First Team
**Lauren Campbell, Olivet (senior from Fenton/Fenton HS)
* Theresa Damico, Olivet (sophomore from White Lake/Lakeland HS)
**Natalie Matuszak, Saint Mary’s (senior from Traverse City/Central HS)
*Adrienne Jones, Olivet (sophomore from Redford/Thurston HS)
*Charlotte Park, Hope (junior from Grosse Pointe Farms/Grosse Pointe South HS)
*Brittany Haight, Hope (freshman from Otsego/Otsego HS)
All-MIAA Second Team
Carlia Canto, Calvin (sophomore from Marysville/Port Huron Northern HS)
Megan Scholten, Hope (senior from Grand Rapids/GR Christian HS)
Christine Brown, Saint Mary’s (senior from Canfield, Ohio/Canfield HS)
Elise Doezema, Calvin (junior from Grand Rapids/GR Christian HS)
Erica Mazur, Albion (senior from Northville/Livonia Ladywood HS)
Chelsea Erb, Alma (freshman from Lake Odessa/Lakewood HS)