The Golf Coaches Association of America recently announced that Gopher senior to be Ben Pisani has been named to the PING All-Region Team. Earlier this season, Pisani was named Second Team All-Big Ten as well as Minnesota's Sportsmanship Award winner by the Big Ten Conference.
A Brisbane, Australia native, Pisani led the Gophers in the fall and spring seasons in stroke average at 73.57 and 72.58, respectively. His combined stroke average of 73.27 this season is the 21st-lowest in the history of Minnesota golf and is his lowest in the three seasons he has been at the U.
Pisani compiled eight top 20 finishes in 2008-09, three of which were also top-10 finishes, including a tie for third place at the 2009 Big Ten Championships. He tied a career-low 54-hole score by shooting a 5-under par 211 at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational in April and established a career-low with a second-round 67, also in the Administaff Invite.
Minnesota finished runner-up at the 2009 Big Ten Championships and was awarded a spot in the NCAA Northeast Regional. In eight seasons under the guidance of Director of Golf Brad James and Associate Head Coach Andrew Tank, Minnesota has finished first or second at the Big Ten Championships five times, including three titles (2002, 2003, 2007) and finished no worse than fourth.
Also, The Gophers have advanced to regional play in all but one season under Director of Golf Brad James, winning the 1999 Central Region with a score of 865. Minnesota has advanced through the regional into the NCAA Championships nine times since 1993 and captured the 2002 NCAA title in Columbus, Ohio with a score of 1134.