The Big Ten Conference today announced its 2012-13 Women’s Golfers to Watch List, a list that includes three Golden Gophers – senior Jackie Shepherd (Delafield, Wis.), junior Banchalee Theinthong (Bangkok, Thailand) and sophomore Carmen Laguna (Tomares-Sevilla, Spain).
Shepherd, a 2012 National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar, recently won the 17th Minnesota Women’s State Match Play Championship at Mankato Golf Club. She finished her junior campaign with a stroke average of 76.36, the second-lowest on the team and the eighth-lowest single-season effort in program history.
Shepherd will enter her senior season with a career stroke average of 77.62, currently the third-lowest in program history.
Theinthong led Minnesota last season in stroke average during the fall and spring at 75.2 and 76.2, respectively. Her combined stroke average of 75.8 as a sophomore is the fourth-lowest in the history of Minnesota golf and her current career average of 76.72 would be the second-lowest in Gopher Golf history but her 58 career rounds falls two shy of the minimum.
Theinthong was named Second Team All-Big Ten following her sophomore campaign, becoming the first Gopher to be named All-Big Ten since Amy Dahle following the 1997 season.
Laguna, also a 2012 National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar, played in all 10 of the Gophers’ tournaments and finished with a stroke average of 77.53, the third-lowest on the team.
Gophers Finish 15th at Furman
The Gophers finished tied for 15th on Sunday as the Lady Paladin Invitational drew to a close.
Gophers Move Up After Second Round at Furman
After 36 holes of play at the Lady Paladin Invitational, the Minnesota women’s golf team sits tied for 17th.
Gophers Open Play at Lady Paladin
The Gophers finished the first round of their second tournament of the season on Friday in South Carolina.