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St. Catherine University to add varsity golf team in 2011

A University of Minnesota associate head coach joins St. Kate's to lead new golf program. He also introduced Kristine Wessinger as the first golf coach in St. Kate's history. The golf team will compete in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).

Wessinger, whom Stacey describes as "a dynamic leader," joins the Wildcats after spending eight years coaching at the University of Minnesota — where she began as an assistant coach and rose to associate head coach during her tenure.

She was responsible for recruiting and developing players, and under her tutelage, the 2009–10 Gophers golf team recorded the best average team score in school history. Wessinger also guided an individual player to qualify for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national tournament and coached her to the lowest single season and career average in U of M history.

"I am really excited that we were able to find someone with such great coaching experience and energy to start our program," said Stacey. "Her experience at the University of Minnesota and her desire to move back into the MIAC, where she played as a student-athlete, made her a perfect fit. I am confident Kris will develop a strong team at St. Kate's."

Wessinger's impressive coaching credentials are matched by her abilities as a golfer. As a student-athlete at the University of St. Thomas, she was an MIAC champion, competed at the Division III national championships twice, earned three MIAC all-conference awards, was St. Thomas player of the year three times and earned three Academic Achievement Awards.

July 29, 2010 by Julie Michener

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