WMU News

Golfers host Chicago State in home finale

April 12, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The WMU golf team has added a dual meet to its schedule and will host Chicago State this Friday (April 14) at 2 p.m., at The Moors Golf Club (par 73 5,936). Admission is free. The event marks WMU's last tune-up before taking part in the season-ending Mid-American Conference Championships, April 28-30.

Western Michigan finished third out of eight teams at the inaugural Bronco Invitational, held April 9-10 at The Moors Golf Club. The Broncos shot 331 in a shortened 18 hole format to finish behind MAC rivals Eastern Michigan (306) and Bowling Green (329). Rounding out the field were Butler (332), Grand Valley State (336), Ferris State (337), Loyola (341) and Oakland (357). Ohio University made the trip to Kalamazoo but did not compete. Freshman Erica Bieniek finished with a 78 to tie for third place overall. Walk on Angela Harbar, who played as an individual, shot a 79 to place eighth. Stephanie Smoot of Eastern Michigan captured medalist honors with a two-over-par 74. WMU had five golfers place in the top 25. Snow, soggy turf and high winds made possible only nine holes of play both days.

"It was really disappointing to have the kind of weather we did for the invitational," said head coach Cindy Trout. "It changed everything for us, including our strategy. (Chicago State) is one more opportunity for us to gain experience before the MACs."

Additional notes from the Bronco Invitational: Angela Harbar's 79 was seven strokes better than her previous low round. Erica Bieniek and Shannon Ivie finished with low rounds of 38 on Monday. Sophomore Abby Alexander saw her first action of the season, competing as an individual. The Broncos shaved 15 strokes off their first day score to move up a slot on the last day of the invitational. WMU defeated Chicago State in a home triangular last April in Kalamazoo.

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 616 387-4122; daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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