Puga named Big Ten Player of the Week

by John Hageman

The Minnesota women’s golf team is in the middle of one of the best seasons in its history, and junior Teresa Puga is looking to make some history of her own.

Puga, a native of Spain, was named Big Ten Conference Player of the Week for her performance at the Pinehurst Challenge earlier in the week, where she shot an 11-over par 227 to finish in a tie for 23rd.This is the second time this season that Puga has received the honor.

In the first four tournaments of the spring season, Puga has finished in the top five three times.

Her 3-over par 219 at the Kiawah Island Classic on Feb. 21-23 was good enough to tie for the fifth-lowest score in Minnesota history.

Puga leads the Gophers with four top-ten finishes and a 74.91 stroke average this season, which is the lowest season average in Gophers history. Her career average of 76.16 is currently on pace to break the Gophers all-time record held by Kate Hughes at 77.57.

Puga and the Gophers will continue their spring season when they head to Bloomington, Ind. for the Indiana Invite on April 10-11.