Golda Johansson Borst enters her sixth season as the head coach of the women's golf team following a fifth consecutive postseason appearance and a breakthrough individual appearance in the 2015 NCAA Championships.
UK's 2015 NCAA Regional set the program's longest NCAA Tournament streak in school history while Isabelle Johansson's NCAA Championships appearance marked the first since Heather Kraus qualified in 1998.
Without any seniors on the roster in 2014-15, Borst took a young team and nearly broke the program single-season scoring average for a third year in a row. The Wildcats finished with the second-best stroke average in school history and posted their best postseason finish under Borst when they finished in seventh place at the NCAA South Bend Regional, just barely missing on the program's first NCAA Championships berth as a team since 1992.
Led by Cylia Damerau, Sarah Harris, Isabelle Johansson and Grace Rose, the Wildcats posted five top-10 finishes during the season, including fourth place at the "MO"Morial Invitational.
The highlight of the 2014-15 season came at the NCAA South Bend Regional when freshman Isabelle Johansson qualified for the NCAA Championships in thrilling fashion. Playing in just her sixth collegiate tournament, Johansson won in a three-hole playoff to qualify for the NCAA Championships, the first Wildcat to do so since 1998.
In five years as the Kentucky coach, Borst has continued on the path of taking the program to new heights. Under Borst, UK has posted five of the top six single-season scoring averages in program history while claiming 28 top-10 finishes.
Under the guidance of Borst, eight Wildcats have recorded 18 scoring averages that place in the top 25 in program history, three of which (Haley Mills-73.90, Cylia Damerau-75.83 and Sarah Harris-75.96) finished the 2014-15 season with top-15 single-season scoring averages. Additionally under Borst, five Wildcats own nine of the top 10 marks for most par or better rounds, including Mills, who set a new record of 10 in 2014-15.
Borst hit the ground running in her first year in 2010-11 and hasn't looked back.
In just her first season, the Wildcats recorded their second- and third-lowest rounds in program history, shooting a 287 in the first round of the UCF Challenge and a 288 in the third round of the Cougar Classic. Kentucky's scoring average of 306.30 was, at the time, the second-best mark in program history. As a team, the Wildcats finished in the top 10 in half of the tournaments they played in.
The Wildcats improved their scoring average by 1.57 strokes in Borst's second year in the program. Kentucky earned an eight-stroke victory at the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational, the first win for the program since 2009, and three top-five finishes, the most in a season since the 2005-06 team recorded five top-five finishes. The Wildcats' six top-10 finishes was the most since the 2008-09 team recorded seven.
In her third season at the helm, Borst's squad broke the program season scoring average by 3.63 strokes, which was previously set in 2011-12. Kentucky brought home a first-place finish in the very first tournament of the season, the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational. For the season, UK finished with three top-five finishes, including fifth place at the SEC Championship.
The Wildcats broke the program season scoring average for the third straight season in 2013-14, this time smashing the mark by 4.97 strokes. Kentucky brought home a first-place finish in the very first tournament of the season, the "MO"Morial Invitational. For the season, UK finished with four top-five finishes while firing three of the top five lowest rounds in program history.
Borst joined the Wildcats from LSU where she served as assistant women's golf coach from 2007-10.
During her stay in Baton Rouge, La., LSU advanced to the NCAA regionals each of Borst's three seasons, highlighted by a 12th-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championships.
With Borst, the Tigers recorded a 295.40 team-stroke average during 2009, improving upon the 300.40 posted in 2008. The 2009 season also saw LSU victories at the Bryan Park National Collegiate and Mercedes-Benz Championship, as well as two individual titles. During 2010, LSU earned an individual title while registering a 298.00 stroke average.
A four-year letterwinner for the women's golf team, Borst graduated from Tennessee in 2006 with a degree in communication studies. At Tennessee, Borst served as team captain in 2005 and finished with a 76.19 stroke average.
Additionally, Borst earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2006 and was named a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member. Borst's top collegiate finishes came when she placed second in both the 2005 Bryan Park National Collegiate and 2006 Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational. Borst and the Lady Volunteers advanced to the NCAA Women's Golf Championship during the 2004-06 seasons.
A native of Visby, Sweden, Borst competed for the Swedish National Golf Team from 1999-2003. With Borst, the team claimed medalist honors at the Girls Team European Championship in 2000, second at the Lady's Team European Championship in 2001 and third in the Lady's Team European Championship in 2002.
Prior to coaching at LSU, Borst worked at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club in Sarasota, Fla., assisting in course and tournament operations.
Borst, formerly Golda Johansson, is married to Steve Borst.