By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Erin DeVries of Bethel (Ind.) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Golfer of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. DeVries was selected based on her performance from April 7 - 13 and was chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners.
DeVries, a senior from Grand Rapids, Mich., won the first playoff hole en route to first-place at the Pilot Spring Invite, hosted by Bethel College from April 11 - 12. DeVries birdied the first playoff hole in a dual with teammate Geandra Almeida after both golfers finished with a 2-over par 146 (72-74) to tie for first place. The first-round 72 was a career-best for DeVries and carried her to her first-ever No. 1 finish at Bethel.
She currently ranks in the top 50 in the NAIA in stroke average -- 46th, 79.93.
The next Women’s Golfer of the Week will be announced on April 23. For the complete 2014 Golfer of the Week schedule, click here.
Nominees: Hannah Griffin, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Madison Alamillo, Concordia (Ore.); Baylee Borchers, College of Idaho; Lydia Bilyeu, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Taylor Thompson, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Krystal Garritson, St. Francis (Ill.); Jessica Pegg, Indiana Wesleyan; Kyla Clancy, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Lindsey Mateer, Baker (Kan.); Alana Payton, Peru State (Neb.); Clarissa Molina, Missouri Valley; Kamie Rash, Kansas Wesleyan; Amy Weilert, Ottawa (Kan.); Karina Palmberg, Point Park (Pa.); Kaitlin Allan, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Cassidy Scantland, Campbellsville (Ky.); Natalia Soria, Bellevue (Neb.); Stephanie Gerber, Viterbo (Wis.); Mackenzie Noble, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Alexis Belton, Texas Wesleyan; Kailey Campbell, Oklahoma City; Avery Kyle, Spring Hill (Ala.); Wiebke Schlender, Indiana Tech; Chelsea Collura, Madonna (Mich.); Andrea` Richards, Siena Heights (Mich.).
2014 NAIA National Women’s Golfers of the Week
Week 1 (March 19): Heather Shake, Houston-Victoria (Texas)
Week 2 (March 26): Karissa Moreland, Bellevue (Neb.)
Week 3 (April 2): Micaela Johansson, Northwood (Fla.)
Week 4 (April 9): Wiebke Schlender, Indiana Tech
Week 5 (April 16): Erin DeVries, Bethel (Ind.)