Freshman from Sweden made UK's first appearance at the national finals since 1998
Freshman from Sweden is the first UK women's golfer to qualify for the NCAA Championships since 1998
Kentucky women's golf posts best finish at an NCAA regional under Borst
Freshman from Sweden is five shots behind the leader heading into the final round of competition
Wildcats are just five shots removed from the all-important sixth-place spot
Action photos of the Kentucky women's golf team during a practice round at the University Club. (Chet White/UK Athletics)
Golda Johansson Borst enters her fifth season as the head coach of the women's golf team following a fourth consecutive postseason appearance and another record-breaking performance by Kentucky women's golf.
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 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 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 (now fourth in program history). As a team, the Wildcats finished in the top 10 in half of the tournaments they played in.
Borst joined the Wildcats in 2010 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 Championship.
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.