St. Olaf head coach Luke Benoit was named the SkyCaddie Division III Midwest Region Coach of the Year on Thursday.
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Benoit is Midwest Region Coach of the Year, three Oles earn all-region honors

Mike Ludwig
May 12, 2011

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Luke Benoit was named the NCAA Division III SkyCaddie Midwest Region Coach of the Year and three St. Olaf players - Molly Erickson, Molly Knutson and Vanessa Klecker - were named all-region by the National Golf Coaches Association on Thursday.

Benoit, in his fifth year, guided St. Olaf to its best season in recent history. The Oles were second at the MIAC's in the fall and won two events in the fall and were in the top five in each of their eight events.

Sophomores Erickson and Knutson had almost identical seasons, compiling 82.3 scoring averages with five top five finishes apiece. Each were All-MIAC performers while Erickson was the league's golfer of the week twice.

Kleckner, a junior, had a scoring average of 85.3, with five top 10 finishes.

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