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Emily Kuhfeld enters her second season as the assistant women's golf coach at Texas Tech after helping lead the Lady Raiders to one of the best seasons in school history a year ago.
Kuhfeld, who was named to the position on July 29, 2011, has already been an instrumental asset to head coach JoJo Robertson as she assists with daily practice instruction, recruiting, and the day-to-day operations of the program.
Texas Tech advanced to the postseason for the third-straight season in Kuhfeld's first year as the Lady Raiders finished tied for ninth at the NCAA West Regional held in Colorado. Despite failing to advance as at team, juniors Gabby Dominguez and Kim Kaufman qualified as individuals for the NCAA Championships where they eventually finished tied for eighth, the highest finish for a Texas Tech player in school history.
Dominguez and Kaufman were named honorable mention All-Americans following the tournament by both the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) and Golfweek Magazine, marking the first time a Texas Tech player had been named an All-American since Brooke Lawrence also earned honorable mention honors in 1996.
The pair also wrapped the year ranked among the top 50 individuals of the Golfweek poll en route to becoming the first Texas Tech players to earn All-Big 12 accolades since Jamie Vannoy in 2000.
The Lady Raiders wrapped the 2011-12 season with two tournament titles with wins at the Texas State Challenge and Mountain View Collegiate, marking only the fourth time in program history and the first time since the 1995-96 campaign where Texas Tech won multiple tournaments.
Texas Tech snapped several school records in the process as Dominguez and Kaufman recorded the lowest single-season stroke average in program history while the Lady Raiders snapped the team marks for lowest 18-hole and 54-hole totals. Dominguez and Kaufman also broke the individual 54-hole record at the Westbrook Spring Invitational on their way to finishing tied for second individually.
Kuhfeld arrived at Texas Tech following a one-year stint as the head coach at the University of South Carolina Beaufort where she led the NAIA program to a third place finish in the Sun Conference and a spot in the national tournament.
The Sand Sharks finished 18th at the NAIA National Championships this past season and were ranked among the top 20 teams in the country. Under Kuhfeld's direction, Kelli Nakano claimed the Sun Conference individual title and earned All-American honors as well.
Kuhfeld has a background in golf instruction, being a LPGA Class A T&CP member. She arrived at UCSB after two years as a golf instructor with both the Junior Players Golf Academy (JPGA) and at the Oyster Reef Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C. While with the JPGA, Kuhfeld assisted in the organization's college placement program mission.
The Indianapolis native earned her degree in history from The Ohio State University in 2005 after wrapping her playing career. The captain of the 2004-05 squad, Kuhfeld was a four-time Academic All-Big 10 selection and helped lead the Buckeyes to the Big 10 title in each of her four seasons.
Following graduation, she spent nearly two years as a professional player on the Futures Tour before moving on to caddie for Allison Hanna on the LPGA Tour.