Feb. 6, 2013
The Big Ten Conference announced today that Gopher women's golfer Banchalee Theinthong has been named Big Ten Conference Player of the Week. This is the first Big Ten Conference weekly award for Theinthong and is the first Minnesota player to be named player of the week since former Gopher Teresa Puga received the conference's selection on March 30, 2011.
Theinthong, a junior from Bangkok, Thailand, finished in a tie for ninth place at the Hurricane Invitational this week with a 54-hole card of 222 (+9), helping the Gophers to a sixth place finish in Coral Gables. It was her second top-10 finish of the season and the third of her career.
Theinthong contributed the low-round of the tournament for Minnesota when she fired a one-under par 70 in the second round on Feb. 4. Her second round 70 fell just one shot shy of tying her career-low score of 69 that she shot at the 2012 UCF Challenge.
A 2012 Second Team All-Big Ten nominee, Theinthong is second on the team with a 76.06 stroke average this season. Her career average of 76.58 is the second-lowest all-time in program history. Puga sits atop that list with a 75.51 career average.
Minnesota will head back to the Sunshine State, this time to Tampa, for the Central District Invitational Feb. 18-19. Live scoring will be available throughout the 54-hole event via golfstat.com.