2017 Fall Recap
- The Belles claimed their seventh MIAA Championship with a stellar fall season.
- Saint Mary’s placed first or second in each of their 12 rounds of the season.
- Four Belles earned All-MIAA honors for their performances.
The Saint Mary’s golf team took either first or second place in each of their competitions during the fall 2017 season. That strong, consistent team performance lifted the Belles to their seventh MIAA Championship and first conference title under head coach Kim Moore.
The team opened the fall with a narrow second place finish in the Crosstown Clash, coming in just five strokes behind a Bethel squad who would gain a top 25 NAIA ranking later in the season. Saint Mary’s bounced back from a match play loss against Bethel to capture the team title at both the Olivet Labor Day Invite and the Heidelberg Fall Invite.
Saint Mary’s began the conference portion of their schedule with a five-stroke win at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Olivet. After back-to-back second place finishes at Trine and Calvin, the Belles went on a tear during the final eight days of the season. The team fired an MIAA course record at Adrian’s jamboree with a 22-stroke win over the field. The Belles put an exclamation point on their seventh MIAA title with a 10-stroke lead followed by a school-record 301 in the final two rounds of competition.
The Belles finished the fall season with a stroke total of 1,941 over the six rounds of play. Hope finished second with a cumulative stroke total of 1,983. Olivet was third (2,024) and Alma placed fourth (2,066). As a result of winning the conference championship, the Belles will host two of the three MIAA NCAA Automatic Qualifier rounds in the spring season. Additionally, the team's stroke average of 323.5 in the six conference rounds of play marks a school record for the lowest MIAA scoring average, an improvement upon the 2009 average of 324.0.
Hunter Kehoe and Summer Stillson each earned a spot on the All-MIAA First Team for their cumulative stroke averages for the fall season. Taylor Kehoe and Lauren Read, meanwhile, were All-MIAA Second Team honorees for the 2017 season. It is the second consecutive season in which the Belles had four team members earn All-MIAA honors.
The Belles had several all-tournament team accolades and MIAA Golfer of the Week honors in the fall of 2017.
- Taylor Kehoe, all-tournament team – Olivet Labor Day Invite
- Summer Stillson, all-tournament team – Olivet Labor Day Invite
- Taylor Kehoe, MIAA Golfer of the Week – August 28
- Summer Stillson, MIAA Golfer of the Week – September 4
- Hunter Kehoe, MIAA Golfer of the Week – September 18