Nov. 14, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – University of Minnesota women’s golf coach Michele Redman announced today that Cretin-Derham Hall’s Celia Kuenster has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Gophers for the 2014-15 season.
“Celia is a very talented golfer with plenty of success already in her career, and she wants to take her game to the next level,” Redman said. “We like her consistency on the course as well as her overall athletic ability, and we’re excited to help her take that next step in her golf game.”
Kuenster is a two-time Minnesota Class 3A individual champion for Cretin-Derham Hall coach Chad Anderson, as well as a two-time Minnesota junior girls’ state champion, winning back-to-back titles at both tournaments in 2011 and 2012.
The Mendota Heights, Minn., native is also a two-time Minnesota Women’s State Amateur champion, winning the event in 2011 and again in 2013 – making her the first high school golfer to ever win the title twice. Her first win in 2011 made Kuenster the youngest player ever to win the Minnesota women’s amateur title at 15 years, four months and 17 days while she shot a six-over, 225 at Dellwood Country Club to win the event in 2013 – one stroke ahead of current Gopher Anna Laorr.
Additionally, Kuenster posted her third-straight top-five performance at the state Class 3A championships, finishing third as a junior last season and also finished tied for sixth at the prestigious Kathy Whitworth Invitational last May in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Gophers’ signee was recently selected by the Minnesota Golf Association to compete at the 2013 U.S. Golf Association Women’s State Team Championships and helped her home state to an eighth-place finish.
A senior at Cretin-Derham Hall this year, Kuenster previously paired with current Nebraska Cornhusker Cassie Deeg to win the 2012 Minnesota State Amateur Four-Ball Championship at North Oaks Golf Club with an 11-under, 137.
Kuenster is the third prospect to sign a National Letter of Intent this week for Redman and the Gophers, joining Team Canada’s Sabrine Garrison (Calgary, Alberta) and 2013 Women’s Western Golf Association Junior Champion Heather Ciskowski (Barrington, Ill.).
Both Kuenster (39th) and Ciskowski (46th) are ranked among the top 50 prospects in this year’s signing class, according to the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA).
“We are very excited about this year’s signing class – it’s an extremely talented group that we think will be able to contribute to our program,” Redman said. “All three are terrific competitors on the course, but more importantly, they are great people, and we are happy to welcome them to the Gopher family.”
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