July 23, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (Gophersports.com) –The University of Minnesota women’s golf program and head coach Michele Redman announced the team’s 2014-15 schedule today with the second annual Minnesota Invitational at the Minikahda Club highlighting the campaign.
Entering her fourth year with the Gophers, Redman and the Gophers are coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history. The former LPGA professional led the Maroon & Gold to the seventh NCAA championships appearance in program history and the team’s first tournament win in six years last season. The Gophers also posted some of the top team and individual performances in school history last year including tying the school 54-hole tournament score record and setting a new season stroke average record by returning senior Carmen Laguna.
“We took some great steps as a program last year, and the most important thing for our team is to keep building off that success,” Redman said. “We’ve selected a very competitive schedule this year that will really push our girls, and we are excited to see what they can do.”
For the second year in a row, the Gophers will open the season at home with the Minnesota Invitational, held at the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis. The program’s first home tournament in eight years proved to be a resounding success with the Gophers taking third at the event while Kent State and Jennifer Ha of the Golden Flashes will return as the defending team champion and individual champion this year. Also returning from last year’s tournament will be Nebraska, GRU-Augusta, Cal State Fullerton, Illinois and Texas State while Colorado, Texas, SMU, East Carolina, Purdue, Fresno State and Kansas will join the competition also. In fact, nine of the 14 teams set to play in this year’s Minnesota Invitational earned NCAA regional berths last year while three more teams sent individuals to regionals.
“We were absolutely thrilled with last year’s tournament, and we’re looking forward to another great event this fall,” Redman said. “The Minikahda Club is an outstanding venue for the tournament, and the event staff and volunteers continue to be a huge help as we move into our second year hosting the Minnesota Invitational.”
The Gophers continue the fall schedule with the Windy City Collegiate Classic, Oct. 6-7, at Westmoreland Country Club before making their first appearance at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational since 2006-07 on Oct. 12-14 at the University of Texas Golf Club. Minnesota closes out the fall schedule at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, Oct. 26-28, at Boulder Creek Golf Club.
The spring season opens with Minnesota’s fourth appearance at the UCF Challenge, Feb. 8-10, at Eagle Creek Golf Club. The Gophers have shot a school record 869 as a team twice in school history with both instances coming at the UCF Challenge including last year’s performance (also in 2011). The Maroon & Gold continue with their first appearance at the Miami Hurricane Invitational, March 2-4, at Biltmore Golf Course.
The Gophers will then defend both the team and individual titles at the BYU Entrada Classic, March 16-17, at Entrada Golf Course. Minnesota paced the competition at last year’s event with a 931 – eight strokes ahead of runner-up and host BYU – to give Redman her first team win at Minnesota. Meanwhile, Anna Laorr of Eden Prairie, Minn., took home the individual title with a 222 after a scorecard playoff, giving the then junior her first career win for the Gophers.
The regular season rounds out for Minnesota with the Web.com Intercollegiate, March 30-31, at Marsh Landing Country Club and the Silverado Showdown, April 13-14, at the Silverado Resort in Napa, Calif.
The Big Ten championships will move to Indianapolis, Ind., for the upcoming season with the Fort Golf Course hosting the tournament, April 24-26.
The 2015 NCAA regionals will be held May 7-9 (locations: TBD) with the NCAA championship set for May 22-27 at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
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