April 28, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (Gophersports.com) – For the second time in the last decade and the seventh time in program history, the University of Minnesota women’s golf program has been selected for the NCAA championships. The Gophers will compete at the NCAA Central Regional at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., on May 8-10.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be going to Stillwater for the NCAA Central Regional. Our girls worked incredibly hard this season, and they deserve this opportunity,” Minnesota head coach Michele Redman said. “The team really bought in this year, and it’s just great to see such hard work get rewarded.”
The 2013-14 season continues to be one of the most successful years in Gopher women’s golf history. Along with the NCAA bid, Minnesota enters the national championships after finishing fifth at the 2014 Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships last weekend in French Lick, Ind. The performance was Minnesota’s best at the conference meet since 2002 when the Gophers also finished in fifth.
Additionally, five of the top nine individual tournament scores in program history have come this season as have four of the top seven team rounds and four of the top eight team tournament scores in program history. Among the performances, the Gophers tied the school 54-hole record with an 869 at the UCF Challenge and posted the second best 18-hole record in school history with a 284 at the Central District Invitational.
Minnesota also picked up its first win in six years at the BYU at Entrada Classic in March while Anna Laorr earned the individual medal at the event for her first career win.
A former Big Ten champion and two-time All-American for Indiana, Redman has seen continued improvement with the Gophers in her three years with the program. Most notable among the statistics is Minnesota’s 23 stroke improvement in average team tournament score from 921 in Redman’s first season (2011-12) to 898 this year.
Minnesota has made six previous appearances as a team in the national championships (2011, 2001, 1998, 1995, 1994, 1989). The Gophers also sent individual competitors to the national championships in 1993 and 1983.
The Gophers will be one of 24 Division I programs competing at the NCAA Central Regional with the top eight teams from each of the three regional meets advancing to the NCAA championships finals at Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., on May 20-23.
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