Lori Allen ’88 Inducted 2004

Basketball and Golf

Lori   Allen

The first All-American in the history of the women's golf program, Lori Allen dominated the Minnesota small-college golf scene in the late '80s. Playing before women's golf was sponsored by the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Allen competed against all of the private and public institutions in the state of Minnesota with the exception of the University of Minnesota.

Lori was a four-time All-State selection, finishing second at the Minnesota Women's Collegiate Golf Association State Tournament in both 1985 and 1986 and then winning the state individual title in 1987 and 1988. Allen completed her career by finishing tenth at the National Golf Coaches Association Small College Championships and earning All-America honors. She earned medalist honors in 8 of the 24 tournaments in which she played in her collegiate career and finished second in 8 others. Lori graduated with the lowest career stroke average in the program's history at 84.6 strokes per round. She also posted the lowest single round in school history to that point with a 77 in the state tournament in 1985. Her score is currently the third best in the program's history.

A two-sport athlete at Gustavus, Allen was also a four-year letterwinner on the women's basketball team, averaging 4.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists per game in 77 games. She scored a career-high 20 points against the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in December of 1985.

After graduating in 1988 with a major in health fitness, Lori served as the assistant pro at Island View Golf Club in Waconia, Minn. She then moved to Kansas City where she began working in the health fitness field, later receiving an associate's degree in physical therapy and becoming a certified physical therapist assistant. Lori, who lives in Kansas City, Mo., is now in her ninth year as a physical therapist assistant at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan..