March 11, 2003
Western Michigan senior golfer Erica Bieniek (Scottville, Mich.) was recognized as this week's Mid-American Conference women's golfer of the week for the first week of the 2003 season.
Bieniek claimed her third medalist honor of the season and fifth of her career with a school-record performance in WMU's spring-opening victory at the East/West Rio Verde Invitational. Bieniek's final round two-under par 70 set a school record, as did her two-round total 144 (74-70). Bieniek held the previous best score in both categories. She played par for the tournament, finishing first among all competitors in pars (24) and birdies (6).
Also nominated for this week's award:
Eastern Michigan freshman Heather Nolan (Shannon, Ireland) finished sixth at the East/West Rio Verde Invitational with a 155 (79-76). It was her third top-10 finish of the season.
Kent State senior Veronique Drouin (St. Agnes, Quebec) tied for sixth last week at Texas A&M "Mo" Morial with a 151 (77-74). Drouin is averaging a team-leading 74.85 strokes per round and has carded 24 rounds below 75.