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Hope steals second victory from Belles

Joe Hettler | Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Different weekend. Different golf course. Same result.

For the third time this season, the Saint Mary’s golf team played well, but couldn’t overtake Hope College. The Belles shot a 344 at the Blackthorn Golf Course, one stroke behind the Flying Dutch’s 343, and grabbed second-place in MIAA competition in South Bend Saturday.

“We were disappointed in not defending our home turf,” Belles coach Mark Hamilton said. “The course played difficult. We had a couple of good scores and a couple scores that were a little higher than normal.”

The Belles were led by Stefanie Simmerman and Julie Adams, who both shot 82, while Megan Mattia fired a 90, followed by Chrissy Dunham’s 95.

Hope countered with medalist Lacey Wicksall’s 81 to win the individual honor.

Hamilton knows his team is feeling a little bit of pressure.

“It definitely pushes us a little now, “Hamilton said. “They were not expected to play this well. We definitely want to beat them.”

Saint Mary’s took second at the Briton Invitational Sept. 16 with a 345 score, two shots behind Hope. The Flying Dutch fired a course record 343 in that tournament.

At Knox College a few days earlier, the Belles took fourth of 20 teams, but were two places behind Hope, who took second.