Flying Dutch Launch Golf Season With Home Meet
HOLLAND -- The tradition-rich Hope College women's golf
program takes on a new dimension this fall beginning with a non-
league meet Tuesday (Sept. 8) against Aquinas and Grand Valley
State at the Winding Creek golf course.
For the first time since the program started in 1991 the
Flying Dutch will be under a new coach. Donna Eaton, a longtime
member of the Hope athletic department, takes over coaching duties
succeeding Jane Holman who is retiring from the college staff.
The Flying Dutch finished second in the Michigan
Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) standings last fall.
The Flying Dutch have been conference champions four times in seven
years and have never finished below second place.
The 1998 Flying Dutch will be built around a seasoned group of
veterans. Junior Ellen Colenbrander of Holland, Mich. (Holland HS)
achieved NCAA All-America designation last spring as she finished
seventh at the Division III national championships. She is a two-
time All-MIAA first team honoree.
Senior Gina Pellerito of Ada, Mich. (Forest Hills Central HS)
returns after missing the 1997 season while participating in an
off-campus study program. She achieved All-MIAA first team
designation as a freshman and sophomore.
Seniors Elizabeth Yared of Grand Rapids, Mich. (East Grand
Rapids HS) and Melody Oonk of Holland, Mich. (Holland HS) achieved
All-MIAA second team designation last fall by finishing among the
MIAA's top ten golfers.
Other returning letterwinners include junior Jessica Carpenter
of Grand Rapids, Mich. (Comstock Park HS), sophomore Melissa Lucar
of Grandville, Mich. (Calvin Christian HS) and sophomore Amanda
Peters of Spring Lake, Mich. (Spring Lake HS).
The league schedule has been expanded to nine tournaments as
Saint Mary's College begins its first year of intercollegiate golf.
Hope will host the league tournament at Winding Creek on Wednesday,