EUGENE, Oregon – Teresa Puga, a former Minnesota Golden Gopher women’s golfer, has been named an assistant coach with the University of Oregon women’s golf team, head coach Ria Scott announced today.
“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity,” said Puga. “I’m very thrilled about working with Ria and the girls, and it’s great to be a part of this program.”
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.
“We are thrilled to have Teresa join our staff,” said head coach Ria Scott. “She stood out because of her international experience, and she knows firsthand what it’s like to tee it up at the National Championship. She is eager and prepared to help take our team to the next level.”
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.
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.
Puga graduated from Minnesota with a degree in business & marketing education.