Jenny Bruun enters her fourth season as the head women's golf coach at the University of Memphis. In 2004, Bruun became the fourth head coach for the Lady Tigers' program in four years and the eighth coach in the school's history.
The 2006-2007 season was the most successful of Bruun's tenure as she guided the Lady Tiger program to its first conference championship and NCAA Regionals appearance since the 2001-2002 campaign. For her efforts, she was named the 2007 Conference USA Coach of the year and three of her players received all-conference recognition. This season, she is one of four head coaches selected to be on the NCAA East Region Selection Committee.
Bruun took over a Memphis women's golf program that had previously last appeared in the NCAA Regionals in 2001-02.
In her first season with Memphis in 2004-05, Bruun guided the Lady Tigers to a seventh-place finish at the Conference USA Championship. The 10-team conference tournament held at the Germantown Country Club was hosted by the Lady Tigers for the first time ever.
Under Bruun's tutelage, Memphis improved its 2003-04 team round average of 332.0 by more than 14 strokes to 317.8 in 2004-05. Individually, the Lady Tigers had 11 top-20 finishes led by all-conference selection Stacey Tate, who finished in the top 20 in seven of the team's 10 tournaments. Tate finished in the top five in four tournaments in 2004-05 and became the first Lady Tiger to earn medalist honors since 2002 with a first-place finish at the Lady Eagle Classic.
In just her second tournament with Memphis, Bruun guided the U of M to a third place finish at the Wildcat Fall Invitational in 2004. Bruun's squad also finished fifth at the Ross Resorts Invitational.
Bruun's team again showed progress during the 2005-06 season. The Lady Tigers finished with a 311.7 team round average through its four fall tournaments. The team fired a 293 in the second round of the 2005 Wildcat Fall Invitational, which, at the time, tied the program's fifth-best team round. The Lady Tigers then went on to tie the school record of 292 in the first round en route to a first-place finish at the 2006 Lady Eagle Invitational. Memphis then went on to take sixth-place at the Conference USA Tournament, the team's best finish since 2003. Meanwhile, with Bruun's help, Stacey Tate claimed seven top-10 finishes for the second straight season, set a new single-season school record with a 74.1 stroke average, and was named one of GolfWorld Magazine's Top 50 Female Golfers to Watch.
The Lady Tigers got off to a strong start once again in 2006-07. Under Bruun's guidance, Memphis opened the season with a sixth-place finish at the Badger Women's Golf Invitational and then went on to four straight top-five finishes. The Lady Tigers finished fifth at the Ron Moore Women's Golf Intercollegiate before taking home first-place at the Wildcat Fall Invitational and concluding the fall schedule with consecutive second-place finishes at the Lady Paladin Invitational and the Lady Jaguar Invitational.
Prior to her arrival at Memphis, Bruun, a former University of Minnesota standout, spent two seasons at Campbell assisting with both the men's and women's teams. The 2004 women's team won the Atlantic Sun Championship and qualified for its second-straight NCAA Regional, finishing 14th in the team competition. The team also had an individual golfer finish 12th overall.
During Bruun's first year with the Fighting Camel program, Campbell won four tournament titles, had six players earn all-conference honors and had senior Sharon O'Neill named the A-Sun Conference Women's Golfer of the Year. In 2004, eight CU golfers were named all-conference, while head coach John Crooks was tabbed as the A-Sun Women's Coach of the Year.
Bruun was a three-year starter on the Golden Gopher golf team and played in 32 events during her collegiate career. She earned Minnesota's Patty Berg Academic Award in each of her four years and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She was the team's low player in four tournaments in 2001, including the NCAA Central Regional.
Named Minnesota's Outstanding Female Athlete in 2001, Bruun earned her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology that same year, before graduating from Minnesota with a master's in physical education in July of 2002. Also a solid prep basketball player, Bruun chose a golf scholarship at Minnesota over a basketball scholarship at Iowa State.