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 18th season in 2015-16 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.
While Kaufmann's golfers have put together some unbelievable rounds, carded hole-in-ones, and won conferences honors -- in the classroom, her program has won four "Academic National Championships" as awarded by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Kaufmann's teams were named Academic National Champions in 2014-15, 2013-14, 2011-12, 2010-11 and 2009-10 while also earning the BIG EAST Conference's team academic award in those seasons.
The 2014-15 season was capped as a history making for the Blue Demons. The squad finished as runner-ups in the BIG EAST Tournament, a best in program history. Freshman Freddy Thomas tied for third at the tournament and was named to the All-BIG EAST Team. Adrian Halimi tied for 12th, Jonathan Hewett and James Lelliott tied for 16th while Bobby Thomas tied for 31st. Out of Kaufmann's eight golfers, seven landed a spot on the All-BIG EAST Academic Team to finish out the season.
DePaul posted a third-place showing at the BIG EAST Championship to finish the 2013-14 campaign. The finals round saw the Blue Demons combine to shoot their lowest round of the tournament at 299 (+1) which moved the team up three spots on the leaderboard. Three Blue Demons - Jonathan Hewett (10th), Halimi (t11th) and Jan Juelicher (t14th) -- finished in the top 15 to close out the championship.
Moritz Ackerhans and Hewett were named All-BIG EAST Conference selections by the league's coaches and the pair became just the third and fourth Blue Demon golfers to earn all-conference honors since 2006. Ackerhans also picked up postseason honors by being named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar.
The 2012-13 campaign saw the Blue Demon program make great strides which included a sixth place finish at the BIG EAST Championship, while three players - John Pavelko, Ackerhans and Adrian Halimi all placed in the top 25. Pavelko became just the second golfer to earn All-Conference honors after placing seventh at the league championship. As a team, the Blue Demons finished off their season strong, placing in the top 10 in their last three tournaments and placed second at their own John Dallio Memorial in the fall.
The 2011-12 season saw Ben Westley and Russell Budd named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars. On the course, Westley paced the Blue Demons at the BIG EAST Championship with a 19h place finish and DePaul finished in 10th place.
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 honored in 2008-09. The next three seasons saw every member earn BIG EAST All-Academic honors while on its way to a three-peat in the Academic National Championship.
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) and the BIG EAST Conference.
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, Illinois. Their sons J.T. and Tucker are DePaul graduates. Daughter Norie is a senior and a manager for the Blue Demon women's basketball team. Their son Patrick recently graduated from Dayton.