April 11, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- Playing under more favorable conditions than found on Sunday, the WMU golf team cut 15 strokes off its opening round performance to finish third out of eight teams at the inaugural Bronco Invitational, held at The Moors Golf Club. Eastern Michigan claimed top honors with a 306 score over 18 holes, followed by Bowling Green (329), WMU (331), Butler (332), Grand Valley State (336), Ferris State (337), Loyola Chicago (341) and Oakland (357).
Because of inclement weather, the tournament was shorten from 36 to 18 holes, with one round of nine holes played each on Sunday and Monday (April 9-10).
"I thought we did a much better job today of focusing on our golf and worrying less about the weather," said WMU coach Cindy Trout. "It was important for us to do well on our home course as we get ready for the MAC Championships."
Stephanie Smoot of Eastern Michigan earned medalist honors with a two-over-par 74, two strokes ahead of teammate Kristee Wright. WMU freshman Erica Bieniek shot a 78 to tie for third place. Classmate Angela Harbar, who competed as an individual, tied for eighth place with a 79.
Other notable finishers for WMU included Brooke Hulsbrink in 16th place (83), Kristen Smith in 21st place (84) and Nicole Chamberlin in 25th place (86). Portage Northern alumnae Shannon Ivie and Bieniek shared team honors with low rounds of 38 today.
The Broncos have added a dual meet to their schedule and will host Chicago State this Friday (April 14) at The Moors before concluding the 1999-2000 season at the Mid-American Conference Championships on April 28-30.
1. Eastern Michigan 306
2. Bowling Green 329
3. WMU Broncos 331
4. Butler 332
5. Grand Valley State 336
6. Ferris State 337
7. Loyola Chicago 341
8. Oakland 357
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