2018 Spring Recap
- The Belles won the MIAA NCAA automatic qualifier by 79 strokes.
- Saint Mary’s placed first in each of the three MIAA NCAA AQ rounds.
- Taylor Kehoe and Hunter Kehoe were the medalists at each of those three rounds.
While the conditions often were not favorable, the Saint Mary’s golf team weathered an inclement spring to earn their eighth NCAA Championship Tournament berth after clinching the MIAA automatic qualifier in commanding fashion.
The spring season opened during spring break as the Belles traveled west to the California Lutheran Regals Invitational in mid-March. The team took nearly 30 strokes off of their day-one score to climb three spots and finish in fifth place among a field of teams all from California. Snow in late March followed by inclement weather in early April caused the next two tournaments for the Belles to be canceled. The team returned to action in mid-April when they traveled to the Illinois Wesleyan Spring Fling. Again, the Belles shaved off strokes from day one to day two and moved up to a top-ten finish in a field featuring several nationally-ranked programs.
More inclement weather saw the first of three MIAA NCAA automatic qualifier rounds postponed. Three days after its originally-scheduled date, the first playoff round hosted by Hope at the Ravines Golf Club saw the Belles set the tone with a season-low score of 318. With two rounds to play, Saint Mary’s held a 20-stroke lead over second place Olivet and a 22-stroke lead over third place Hope.
A week later, the Belles extended their lead over the field by capturing first place in the first of two rounds hosted by Saint Mary’s at Knollwood Country Club. The next day, the team finished 37 strokes ahead of second place Hope in the final MIAA NCAA automatic qualifier playoff round to secure the league's bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships.
The Belles moved up in the standings from day one to day two at the NCAA Championship Tournament, which took place at the Mission Inn and Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. The team took nearly ten strokes off of their first score to move up to 18th. The Belles held steady on day three and tied for 18th to conclude their run at the event.
A member of the Saint Mary’s golf team secured medalist honors in each of the three MIAA NCAA automatic qualifying rounds. Taylor Kehoe led the field with a two-over par 74 at the first round hosted by Hope. Hunter Kehoe then took top honors at both the second and third rounds, which were both held at Knollwood Country Club, with scores of 78 and 76, respectively. Additionally, Taylor Kehoe garnered all-tournament team accolades after finishing fifth at the Cal Lutheran Regals Invite in March.