Gophers Open Season at Cougar Classic Gopher women's golf team opens the 2010 fall season at the Cougar Classic in Charlestown, S.C.
COUGAR CLASSIC: Minnesota will kick of the 2010-11 golf season this coming Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Cougar Classic in Charlestown, S.C. Hosted by the College of Charlestown, the classic will be played at the 6,210 yard, par 72 Yeamans Hall Golf Club in Hanahan, S.C.
The 54-hole tournament will be played over three 18-hole rounds, with tee times on Sunday and Monday, and a shotgun start for Tuesday's final round. Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com.
The tournament field includes: Charleston Southern, College of Charleston, Florida, Florida State, Furman, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Minnesota, Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Carolina, UNC Greensboro, NC State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Richmond, South Carolina, South Florida, UCF, Wisconsin.
Minnesota's lineup for the classic will feature four seniors, and two sophomores. Seniors Michele Edlin, Mary Narzisi, Teresa Puga, and Samantha Sommers will join sophomores Jackie Shepard, and Tori Stock in competition. Stock will be playing the tournament as an individual.
2010-11 SEASON PREVIEW: Highlighted by four experienced seniors, the 2010-11 Gopher womens golf team features a wealth of experience that will look to bring Katie Brenny immediate success in her first year as associate coach of the Gophers.
A native of Little Falls, Minn., Brenny served most recently as assistant club professional at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina and currently plays professionally on the Duramed Futures Tour and the Women's Canadien Tour.
Ernie Rose also joins the coaching staff this season as the teams' Director of Instruction. Rose spent last season as an assistant coach with the Gophers and played professionally on a variety of tours internationally.
Brenny and Rose will be headed up by new appointed Director of Golf, John Harris. A former All-American golfer at Minnesota and 1993 U.S. Amateur Champion, Harris rejoins his alma matter after eight seasons on the PGA's Champions Tour.
Minnesota returns all but one player from last season's squad (Christine Herzog) and figures to be one of the most experienced teams in the Big Ten.
Senior Teresa Puga returns for her senior season having lead the 2009-2010 Gophers in virtually every statistical category including: tournament appearances (12), scoring average (74.97), and top 10 finishes (7).
Along with Puga, the Gopher's also return their top six scorers from the 2009-10 campaign. Seniors Samantha Summers (76.09), Michele Edlin (77.67), and Mary Narzisi (78.61) along with sophomores Jackie Shepard (78.03) and Tori Stock (80.68) are all back for another season.
UP NEXT: The Golden Gophers will travel to Vail, Colo. for the GolfWeek Conference Challenge on Sept. 25-28 at Red Sky Golf Club.