Ernie Rose named assistant golf coach

He will be working with the men’s and women’s programs on player development.

After a 10th place finish at the Big Ten Championships last season, the Gophers womenâÄôs golf team might have found a way to improve their program, hiring a new assistant coach. Ernie Rose is currently the director of instruction at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minn., and will begin working with Brad James , MinnesotaâÄôs director of golf, and associate head coach Kristine Wessinger , on Gophers player development in the fall. âÄúI think Rose will bring a lot of experience based on his past and also brings a wealth of knowledge to the team,âÄù James said. Rose, originally from Melbourne, Australia, was named a Division I National Junior College Athletic Association First Team All-American in 2000 after winning 10 individual titles with Midland Junior College in Midland, Tex as. He represented Midland in the World University Games then ended his collegiate golf career at the University of Southern California. Rose began his professional career in 2001 on the PGA Tour of Australasia and has had stints on professional tours in the United States. While James felt his responsibility with the women would mostly remain the same, Wessinger mentioned how having Rose on board could help the coaches manage their responsibilities. âÄúIt just adds another body, which gives us more room to use our time more efficiently,âÄù she said. âÄúIt breaks up responsibilities and can give us more time to focus on recruiting.âÄù Though Rose will be working with both the menâÄôs and womenâÄôs teams, he will primarily be coaching and traveling with the women. âÄúHe will be strictly working in the player development area, which will get a lot of players a lot of individual attention,âÄù Wessinger said. Rose has already made clear his goals for the direction of the team. He said he wants the golfers to remain confident and trust their game. âÄú[I want] them able to travel and compete at the highest level no matter what the course is and what the conditions are,âÄù Rose said.