Erickson is MIAC's golfer of the year, Benoit is coach of the year

Mike Ludwig
May 13, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. - For the second time in as many seasons, Luke Benoit of St. Olaf was named the MIAC's women's golf coach of the year while his star student-athlete Molly Erickson was named the league's player of the year, the league announced on Monday.

Benoit, Erickson and the other members of the Oles' squad will compete in the NCAA Division III Championships this week in Destin, Fla. The four-round event starts on Tuesday and runs through Friday.

Last season, the Oles finished ninth at the NCAA's.

Erickson caps her outstanding career in the MIAC by not only taking home the player of the year award for the second season in a row, but also the honor as the conference's top senior. Erickson led her team to its second-straight MIAC championship in the fall, earning individual medalist and All-Conference honors in the process. An All-American a year ago, Erickson continued her dominance as a senior. Her 77.9 stroke average (per 18 holes) led the MIAC by more than a full shot, and she led the Oles to the top team scoring average in the league (326.2). She played in nine events, finishing in the top 10 all but once and in the top five six times. She finished first four times - including the MIAC Championships - and twice as the runner-up. She was responsible for the Oles' best four rounds, and seven of the top nine 18-hole scores.

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