Puga named Big Ten Golfer of the Week

by Derek Wetmore

Teresa Puga has been named Big Ten Golfer of the Week after leading the women’s golf team to a third-place finish in the UCF Challenge in Florida.

For Puga, it’s the first such accolade of the year, but third of the seniors already-impressive career.

From news services:

Puga, a senior from A Coruña, Spain (Blume HS), used an eagle on the final hole to force a playoff and tie for medalist honors at the 2011 UCF Challenge on Feb. 14. It was the first win of her career and the first Gopher medalist since Young Na Lee won the Diablo Grande Intercollegiate in March of 2008. 

Puga, who holds virtually every scoring record in program history, added to her legacy by carding a program-best 54-hole score of 208 en route to sharing the title. Included in her three-day total was a final round six-under-par 66, which tied a team record set by Julie Gumlia in the spring of 1977.

Minnesota finished third overall at the UCF Challenge with a three-day score of 869, three shots off the lead. That score bested the score of 877 set this fall at the Las Vegas Collegiate and now sits atop the Gophers’ record books.

Up next for the Gophers is a trip to Parrish, Fla. on Feb. 21-22 to take part in the Central District Invitational.