Pisani, Puga narrowly miss advancing to NCAA championships

Senior Ben Pisani shot a 1-under 209, tying a season-low, to finish in a tie for 11th place at an NCAA regional qualifier, one stroke short of a chance to advance. Teresa Puga missed the cut by two strokes.

by John Hageman

One of the most successful golfers ever to play for Minnesota finished his collegiate career over the weekend, but not the way he wanted to. After his team failed to win a tournament all season, senior Ben Pisani shot a one-under 209, tying a season low to finish in a tie for 11th place at an NCAA regional qualifier in South Bend, Ind. He was one stroke over going to a tie breaker for a chance to play at the NCAA championships as an individual. It was quite the improvement over his previous outing at the Big Ten golf championships, where he shot a 20-over par 304 and tied for 39th. Pisani finished his career at Minnesota with a 72.02 stroke average, the third lowest in the programâÄôs history. The Brisbane, Australia, native will continue his golf career and said his next move is to start competing professionally. Puga misses cut After one of the most successful seasons in Minnesota womenâÄôs golf history, junior Teresa Puga also represented her team as an individual at an NCAA regional qualifier. But like Pisani, Puga fell just short of continuing her season. The A Coruña, Spain, native shot an 8-over 221 to finish tied for 12th, but missed the cut to move on to the NCAA championships by two strokes. Of the three individuals competing at the qualifier, the top two moved on, with Louisiana StateâÄôs Megan McChrystal finishing with a 218 and OklahomaâÄôs Ellen Mueller shooting a 219. The Minnesota womenâÄôs golf team established new lows in stroke average (75.95) and combined score (303.8), both of which are program records.