Gophers Set for B1G Championships
April 24, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) -- After a successful season, the University of Minnesota women's golf program heads into the championship section of its schedule this weekend with the 2014 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships.
All 12 Big Ten women's golf programs will compete at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind. with the three-day tournament slated to be played on the 6,017-yard, par-72 Pete Dye Course.
First round action gets underway on Friday at 8 a.m. CT with the second round following on Saturday at 8 a.m. CT. The third round will start at 7 a.m. CT on Sunday.
Setting The Table
Now in her third campaign as head coach of the Gophers, Michele Redman has guided the team to one of the most successful seasons in program history in 2013-14 including the first team win in six years at the BYU at Entrada Classic in March while Anna Laorr won the individual title at the touranment.
-Five of the top nine individual tournament scores in program history have come this season.
-Four of the top seven team round scores in program history have come this season.
-Four of the top eight team tournament scores in program history have come this season.
Against the Big Ten
The Gophers have seen plenty of Big Ten competition in nine tournaments already this year and have faced off at least once with all 11 opponents in the field this weekend. The Gophers hold a 12-10 record against Big Ten teams in head-to-head matchups - Wisconsin (3-0), Penn State (0-1), Purdue (0-2), Ohio State (0-2), Michigan State (0-1), Michigan (1-0), Northwestern (0-1), Nebraska (3-1), Iowa (1-0), Indiana (3-0) and Illinois (1-2).
Minnesota holds an 86-44-3 record overall this season in head-to-head matchups.
Minnesota at the Big Ten Championships
The Maroon & Gold will compete this weekend in the hopes of landing Minnesota's second Big Ten title after capturing the conference crown in 1989. The Gophers have twice earned the individual Big Ten title with Kate Hughes taking home the honor in 1988 and 1989. Additionally, Hughes was named the 1989 Big Ten Player of the Year with Minnesota also garnering Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors for Sara Evens in 1990 and a trio of Big Ten Coach of the Year honors (Anne Zahn in 1987, Nancy Harris in 1989 and Kathy Williams in 1992). Minnesota has also had 13 golfers earn a combined 23 All-Big accolades.
Laguna Stands as Minnesota's Top Returner
Minnesota's top returner from last year's Big Ten Women's Golf Championships is current junior Carmen Laguna, who finished in a tie for ninth at last year's conference meet as a sophomore. Laguna, Minnesota's top statistical golfer this season, shot 76-76-72--224 at the championships last season.
Minnesota finished eighth at the meet last season (312-305-304--921) while Northwestern and Purdue shared the team title at 884.
Last year's conference meet was also held at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.
Coach Redman at the Big Ten Championships
Minnesota head coach Michele Redman knows a thing or two about the Big Ten championships. The third-year head coach was a two-time All-American and a four-time All-Big Ten honoree for Indiana during his college playing days. Redman closed out her career as the individual Big Ten champion in 1987 while helping the Hoosiers to the team title that season.
BTN to Broadcast Championships
The 2014 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships will be broadcast on tape daley by the Big Ten Network on Wednesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. CT.