2017 Spring Recap
- The Belles finished second in the MIAA NCAA AQ standings.
- Five different Belles had scoring averages below 90.0 for the spring.
- The team finished first at one event and second at three other events.
The Belles narrowly missed out on a chance to compete at the NCAA Division III Championships with a second place finish in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association NCAA AQ playoff this past spring.
After a tenth place finish at the Division III National Spring Preview on spring break, the Belles bounced back with a second place finish at the Trine Spring Classic. Lauren Read continued her strong freshman year by leading the team at Trine. She had the second-best score on day two (79) while finishing tied for sixth overall. Senior Ali Mahoney also finished in a tie for sixth with a two-day score of 167.
A week later, Saint Mary’s moved up in the standings from day one to day two for a 13th place finish at the highly-competitive Washington University in St. Louis Spring Invite. Junior Courtney Quinlan had the low round of day two for the Belles with a career-best 83. Sophomore Taylor Kehoe, meanwhile, had the team's highest individual placement as she tied for 55th (169).
In their final tune up tournament before the MIAA NCAA AQ rounds began, the Belles took eleventh place at the Illinois Wesleyan Spring Fling. The team posted their best tournament score of the spring with matching rounds of 329 (658). The Belles were led by Kaitlyn Cartone's rounds of 81 and 79 as she finished tied for 23rd overall (160).
Saint Mary’s took full advantage of hosting the first of three MIAA NCAA automatic qualifying rounds in late April. The Belles won the event by a stroke over Hope while finishing two strokes ahead of Olivet. Mahoney led the Belles with an 80 to finish second overall, and Read tied for third place with an 81 at the event.
The second MIAA NCAA AQ round – the first at Hope’s home course of the Ravines Golf Club – saw the Belles finish four strokes (330) behind the host Flying Dutch (326) while remaining in contention for the automatic bid to the national tournament. Kehoe was the round medalist after firing a four-over par 76; Mahoney was tied for sixth overall after turning in a score of 82.
The following day, however, the Belles’ hopes of making the Division III Championship event were stopped eleven strokes short with another second place finish to Hope. Kehoe and Read paced the team’s score of 342 with rounds of 81 and 83, respectively.
For the spring, the Belles posted a 342.5 scoring average and had four rounds of 330 or better scores. Collectively, the team turned in 40 18-hole rounds below 90. Ali Mahoney led the team with an 84.2 scoring average and was closely followed by Lauren Read’s 84.4 average. Taylor Kehoe (85.7) and Kaitlyn Cartone (87.3) also tallied scoring averages below 90 for the spring 2017 season. Each of the four golfers had at least one round of 80 or lower this past spring.