|Hometown:||A Coruña, Spain|
|Alma Mater:||University of Minnesota|
Teresa Puga enters her second season an assistant coach of the University of Oregon women’s golf team. The former collegiate standout joined the Oregon staff over the 2013 summer. Puga is a native of La Coruña, Spain.
Puga joins the Oregon women’s golf staff after spending the 2011-12 season as a student assistant coach and international recruiting advisor with the University of Minnesota, where she holds numerous program records.
Puga is one of the most accomplished golfers in Minnesota history, holding the program record for low career stroke average (75.51) by nearly two full strokes. She held the team’s lowest stroke average her senior, junior and sophomore seasons, and earned 22 career top-10 individual finishes.
In her senior season with the Golden Gophers, Puga set the program record for low season stroke average and led Minnesota to an NCAA Championship berth. She played in all 12 of the team’s events in the 2010-11 season with a 74.34 season stroke average. Puga’s senior campaign was highlighted by a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, seven top-10 finishes, an individual title at the UCF Challenge (-8/208) and two Big Ten Golfer of the Week selections. Her 15th place finish at the NCAA Championships was the highest in program history.
Puga led Minnesota to an NCAA Regional appearance as a junior, where she tied for 12th (221) to cap another sensational season. Her 74.97 stroke average set the program record, which she went on to break her senior season. She collected seven top-10 finishes, two Big Ten Golfer of the Week selections and was named academic All-Big Ten as a junior.
Playing in 11 tournaments as a sophomore, Puga provided a counting score in 30 of 32 rounds and finished with a 76.28 season average. She recorded five top-10 finishes and eight top-20 finishes. Puga broke into the Minnesota lineup in the spring season as a freshman, grabbing three top-10 finishes and providing a counting score in every one of her 22 rounds.
She was just as successful in the classroom as a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Puga was a recipient of the Gold Endowment Scholarship in all four years at Minnesota, was nominated for the NCAA National Development Conference as University Ambassador (2009), winner of the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports-Scholar Award (2010) and was an Academic All-American (2011).
Puga has also competed for the Spanish National Golf Team in multiple events, such as; the Ladies European Championship (2007, ’11), Italy International (2007), Switzerland International (2009) and the British Amateur (2011). She was awarded silver medal at the Ladies European Team Championship in Gratz, Austria, in 2011.
Before attending the University of Minnesota, Puga was granted a full academic and athletic scholarship to attend the National Center of Sports in Madrid, Spain.
Puga has also served multiple roles in golf instructing. Puga was an assistant to the director for the Chris Foley Golf School at Legacy Courses at Craguns (2012), an instructor for junior golf at the University of Minnesota Summer Camps (2010-12) and also was an instructor for junior golf and campus coordinator at the Real Club de Golf de La Coruna Summer Camp in La Coruña, Spain (2005-09).
Puga graduated from Minnesota with a degree in business and marketing and a minor in sports management.