2016 Fall Recap
- The Belles placed second in the MIAA final standings.
- Taylor Kehoe, Lauren Read, Courtney Carlson, and Ali Mahoney all earned All-MIAA honors.
- The team won four 18-hole rounds and finished in the top three eight times.
The Saint Mary's golf team continued their ascent of reestablishing themselves as the team to beat in the MIAA. The Belles posted a 325.2 scoring average in MIAA competitions during the season and finished second overall in the final league standings. The 325.2 average in conference competitions marks the second-best season scoring average for the golf program, trailing only 2009's then-MIAA record 324 scoring average. In fact, the overall team performance would have been good enough to win an overall MIAA title in three of the past five years prior to the 2016 season.
During the fall 2016 season, the Belles won four 18-hole rounds out of the 10 full 18-hole rounds in which they competed. Saint Mary's was a top-three finisher eight times. After solid efforts to begin the year in the Cross Town Rivalry and the Olivet Labor Day Invite, the team began to truly hit their stride at the Hanover Fall Classic in mid-September. After a rain out on day one of the event, the Belles finished 13 strokes ahead of host Hanover with a 320, led by Lauren Read’s tournament medalist round of 77.
Saint Mary’s finished in second place at the opening MIAA Jamboree at Albion before winning the second MIAA Jamboree, which the Belles hosted at Knollwood Country Club. The Belles bounced back from a third-place finish at the Ravines Golf Club by tying for first place at Pine River Country Club to solidly take hold of second place heading into the MIAA End of Season Weekend Jamboree.
The best team round of the year came in the Belles' final day of competition. The Belles posted a 316 at day two of the MIAA End of Season Weekend Jamboree for the best score for the program since a 315 on April 30, 2011. The finish secured the team’s second place finish in the final MIAA standings. The Belles will host one of the three MIAA Spring NCAA AQ rounds by virtue of their top two finish.
For the season overall, the Belles had a 327.0 scoring average. Additionally, a member of the team shot a score in the 70s on eleven different occasions with four different golfers contributing rounds below 80.
Four members of the team earned All-MIAA honors for their consistent performances during the fall. Sophomore Taylor Kehoe and freshman Lauren Read each earned spots on the All-MIAA First Team list. Seniors Courtney Carlson and Ali Mahoney were All-MIAA Second Team honorees. The Belles most recently had four All-MIAA honorees in 2012.