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SMC Golf: Belles have high hopes for tourney

Bobby Graham | Wednesday, September 23, 2009

After winning the first of four MIAA Jamborees of the season, the No. 13 Saint Mary’s will be looking for its second victory as it heads to Hope College’s home course, Macatawa Legends Country Club.

The Belles opened the season with a stellar win last week at the Medalist Golf Club.

The team broke the school record for best combined score after shooting a 317, 15 strokes ahead of second place, MIAA-rival Olivet.

As the Belles head into today’s matchup, they will be counting on repeat performances, including one from Martyna Mierzwa, an impressive freshman who led all Saint Mary’s golfers at last week’s Jamboree after shooting a 76, which tied for the top score in the outing with Trine’s Katlyn Pero. Senior captain Perri Hamma earned third in the field at the Medalist Golf Club after posting a 79, the best score of her Saint Mary’s career.

The Belles hope juniors Mary Kate Boyce and Rosie O’Connor replicate their rounds of 81 apiece. The two tied for fourth at the previous Jamboree.

Today’s Jamboree tees off at 1 p.m. If Saint Mary’s pulls off another win it would put them at a significant advantage over their MIAA opponents halfway through the regular season.