Minnesota women’s golf team finishes seventh in Cougar Classic

by Nate Gotlieb

 The Gopher women’s golf team finished seventh out of 21 teams yesterday in their first event of the year, the three day, 54-hole Cougar Classic golf tournament at Yemeans Hall Country Club in South Carolina.

The team was in second place after the first day of the tournament, dropped to fifth following the second day and ultimately finished seventh at 28 over par.  North Carolina won the event, scoring four under par as a team, followed by the University of Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Florida.

Senior Teresa Puga and sophomore Jackie Shepherd led the Gophers scoring six and seven over par over the three rounds.  Puga, who last season had the lowest single season scoring average in program history, finished tied for 21st out of 110 golfers.   Shepherd eagled the par four fifth hole in her first round and finished the tournament tied for 29th.  Mary Narzisi, Michele Edlin, and Samantha Sommers rounded out the rest of the team, finishing 11 over, 15 over and 16 over respectively.

The Gophers played consistent golf throughout the tournament, with no golfer shooting more than 80 in a single round. They struggled as a team, however, on the par four eleventh hole making ten bogeys and no birdies over three rounds.

Natalie Gleadhall of Mississippi won the tournament individually with a score of five under par.

The Gophers next tournament is the GolfWeek Conference Challenge, September 26-28 in Vail, Colorado.