John Pavelko and Adrian Halimi enter Tuesday's final round in a tie for 16th place
Three DePaul golfers are in the top 20 after the first 18 holes
Blue Demons tee off at 8:50 a.m. at the Tom Watson Course at the Reunion Resort
James Lelliott and Jonathan Hewett both signed a NLI
Play begins at 9 a.m. on Monday at The Glen Club in Glenview
Men's golf Head Coach Betty Kaufmann talks about the new Lincoln Park practice facility and the upcoming spring season.
John Dallio Memorial at Ruffled Feathers GC - Oct. 8-9, 2011.
One of the most distinguished golf professionals and educators in Illinois and the nation, Betty Kaufmann is in her 15th season in 2012-13 as the head men's golf coach at DePaul.
Kaufmann, named one of the 50 Best Teachers for 2008-09 by the LPGA, brings forth an enormous amount of experience as a golfer, golf instructor, college coach and administrator to the DePaul golf program.
The 2010-11 campaign saw a turnaround for the Blue Demons as two players finished in the top 10 at the BIG EAST Championship for the first time in program history. Freshman Maximilian Mayer finished eighth and junior Ben Westley was tied for 10th in the 60-player field. As a team, DePaul finished in a tie for seventh after moving up to fifth after two rounds.
She led the 2009-10 squad to success on and off the course as the Blue Demons were named the "Academic National Champions" by the Golf Coaches Association of American. Kaufmann's squad cumulated the best team GPA among all NCAA Division I programs. DePaul also claimed the BIG EAST Team Academic Award and placed all 10 team members on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
On the course, Michael Furci was named All-BIG EAST after placing fifth at the BIG EAST Championship and the Blue Demons claimed the John Dallio Memorial title with Greg Doherty coming from behind to win the DePaul-hosted event at Ruffled Feathers GC.
In addition to leading the Blue Demons through the 2008-09 season, Kaufmann spearheaded the growth of the DePaul program with an exclusive practice facility for the Blue Demons at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club - the home of DePaul golf. The facility for the student-athletes is second-to-none with a 7,000-foot practice putting green, target greens and bunkers of all shapes and sizes to give the golfer virtually every possible shot he may see on the course.
DePaul finished seventh at the 2009 BIG EAST Championship after finishing the same spot in 2008. Greg Doherty led the Blue Demons with four top 10 finishes including a team-best sixth-place finish at the Georgetown Intercollegiate. As a team, DePaul finished fourth at the Cal Poly Invitational and fifth at the Marshall Invitational.
Under Kaufmann's guidance, the 2007-08 DePaul golf team experienced success. In October, the Blue Demons won the Georgetown Intercollegiate team title and followed that up with a second-place team finish at the BIG EAST/MAC Challenge to close the Fall campaign. The team bounced back in the Spring and positioned themselves fifth at the Ron Smith/USF Invitational as well as the Fighting Illini Spring Invitational. The Blue Demons concluded the campaign with a seventh-place finish at the BIG EAST Conference Championship.
During the 2006-07 campaign, Kaufmann and the Blue Demons made great strides as the program competed in its second season as a member of the BIG EAST Conference. DePaul finished fifth out of 12 teams at the BIG EAST Championship in Louisville, Ky. - the program's best finish at a conference tournament. In addition, Doherty - as a freshman - picked up All-BIG EAST honors for his eighth-place finish at the league championship.
While building success on the course, Kaufmann's teams continue to excel in the classroom. Every member of the 2006-07 golf team was named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star, six of nine golfers received the recognition in 2007-08 and eight of 10 were honoed in 2008-09. In addition, Kaufmann's squads consistently rank in the top percentile of all NCAA teams for Academic Progress Rate (APR) and picked up All-Academic Team honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
A teaching professional at Pine Meadow Golf Club and the Lake Forest (Ill.) Health and Fitness Institute, Kaufmann also served as a teaching pro at the Golf Learning Centers of America from 1994-98. In addition, she was the assistant golf pro at Deerpath Golf Course in Lake Forest from 1987-93. She was named the LPGA Midwest Section Teacher of the Year in 1998. In 2001, Betty was named one of the top 50 teachers in the country by Golf for Women magazine and one of the top 400 by Golf magazine.
An outstanding golfer, Kaufmann played on the Women's Professional Golf Tour in 1979-80 and participated in the 1982 U.S. Women's Open.
From 1980-86, Kaufmann served as the Senior Women's Administrator and head women's volleyball and basketball coach at Lake Forest College. She also worked as an assistant to the Women's Athletics Director at the University of Dayton from 1977-80 while serving as an assistant women's volleyball and basketball coach.
A 1976 graduate of Dayton with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in Biology, Kaufmann played basketball, golf and volleyball for the Flyers from 1972-76. She earned her M.S. in Athletic Administration from Dayton in 1978 and was inducted into the Dayton Flyers Hall of Fame in 1985.
Betty and her husband Jamie reside in Lake Forest with their son Patrick and daughter Norie. Their sons J.T. and Tucker are DePaul graduates.