- Four returners and three newcomers comprise the Belles golf team for 2018-19.
- Hunter Kehoe, Summer Stillson, Taylor Kehoe, and Lauren Read were all .
- The Belles have their sights set on defending their MIAA title this fall.
Fresh off of their seventh MIAA Championship and eighth NCAA Championship Tournament appearance, the Saint Mary’s golf team looks to defend their title and earn another trip to the national tournament in the year ahead.
Four Belles earned All-MIAA honors last spring and will lead the way in the year ahead. Hunter Kehoe ’21 and Summer Stillson ’21 both garnered First Team All-MIAA recognition a year ago while Taylor Kehoe ’19 and Lauren Read ’20 were Second Team honorees.
Hunter Kehoe and Summer Stillson both made an immediate impact on the program in their first year with the Belles in 2017-18. Kehoe was a two-time MIAA Golfer of the Week and had the lowest three-round score among all players in the MIAA NCAA Spring Qualifier last April. Stillson garnered MIAA Golfer of the Week once last year and posted the team’s best scoring average in the fall while joining Kehoe as First Team All-MIAA honorees.
Taylor Kehoe and Lauren Read, meanwhile, had the two lowest scores for the Belles in the MIAA End of Season Jamboree to help Saint Mary’s clinch their seventh MIAA Championship last October. Taylor Kehoe was an MIAA-leading four-time conference golfer of the week a year ago and had a team-best nine rounds below 80. Read joined Kehoe as a Second Team All-MIAA honoree in the fall and had the lowest score of the year (73) for the team before studying abroad in Ireland last spring.
Joining the team are three freshmen who will look to make an immediate impact. Sydney Hruskoci and Hannah Finley were both four-year varsity golfers on their high school squads while Maggie Sexton was a three-sport athlete and earned all-conference honors three years in-a-row during her prep years.
The team kicks off the fall season on August 24 and 25 in the Cross Town Rivalry against Bethel, Holy Cross, and IU South Bend. The Belles open conference competition on September 13 at the first of six 18-hole rounds which will determine the MIAA champion.