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Morehead St. women’s program returns

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Morehead State University has reinstated its women’s golf program and named Stephanie Barker women’s golf coach. The team will begin competing in 2008-09.

The Eagles last competed in women’s golf during the 1982-83 season. Barker, who comes to Morehead State after six seasons coaching at the University of Kentucky.

“Coach Barker is widely recognized as a top recruiter and teacher of golf,” said Morehead State Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson. “Her eight years experience as a head coach at the Division I level will certainly aid our infant program in its re-establishment.

Before coaching at Kentucky, Barker was named 2001 Big Sky Conference Women’s Golf Coach of the Year after leading Cal State-Northridge to a second-place finish in the Big Sky Conference, the school’s best finish since the program was re-established in 1996.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, she played professionally on the LPGA, Australian, Futures and European LPGA Tours. She posted two top-20 finishes on the European Tour, two top-25 finishes on the Australian Tour and two-top-40 finishes on the LPGA Tour. In 1995, she was a qualifier for both the Women’s U.S. Open and the Women’s British Open. She has been a member of the LPGA teaching division since 1996. Barker won the 1996 Colorado Open.

“I am extremely honored and excited to be selected as the new Morehead State women’s head golf coach,” said Barker, a former first-team All American at Oklahoma State. “The chance to build a team into one of the top programs in the conference is an incredible opportunity and something I have dreamed of doing.”

–– Information from Morehead State was used in this report

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