Feb. 11, 2011
• Tournament Live Scoring | Bracket
MADISON, Wis. -- The Badgers opened the spring season Friday at the Big Ten Match Play Championships at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Wisconsin lost to Indiana 6-0 in the first round, sending the team to the consolation bracket. In the afternoon match they were narrowly defeated by Penn State 3.5-2.5.
In the first match of the day, the Badgers strongest performance came from the No. 6 slot, where sophomore Sam Frank lost 2 up. Frank was the only Badger to take his match 18 holes before losing to Kyle Perry.
In the No. 1 spot, sophomore Anthony Aicher was defeated by Indiana’s David Erdy 5 & 4. Freshman Robert Jacobsen, playing in the No. 4 slot, also lost 5 & 4 to Brant Peaper.
Playing at No. 2, Christopher Meyer led 2-Up through four holes, the largest Badger lead of the day. However, he dropped the match to Chase Wright 4 & 2.
Thomas Welk held the other Badger lead of the day, leading 1-Up after two holes. He battled David Mills for 17 holes, eventually losing 2 & 1. Eric Schremp rounded out Wisconsin’s performances for the day, falling to Corey Ziedonis 8 & 6.
The Badgers concluded Friday’s play with a match against Penn State. The Badgers put up a much stronger showing, with the match coming down to the final pairing. In the end, Wisconsin was edged 3.5-2.5 by Penn State.
Wisconsin got its first two wins of the day from Thomas Welk and Robert Jacobsen.
After a solid performance in the opening round, Welk got the Badgers their first victory of the day by defeating Ernesto Martin 2-Up. Welk led the entire way en route to the victory.
Jacobsen earned a victory by defeating Tommy McDonagh 3 & 2. The match was completed after 16 holes with Jacobsen taking the win.
Eric Schremp earned a split in his match, halving with Jay Woodward. Schremp, who led for 11 holes, was trailing going into the final hole, but prevailed to earn a draw.
Unfortunately for the Badgers, none of their other competitors earned a win. Anthony Aicher lost 3 & 2 to T.J. Howe, while Sam Frank also lost 3 & 2 to Matthew Porter.
It came down to the final match, with Wisconsin’s hopes resting on Christopher Meyer. However, Anthony DeGol won the match 2 & 1 to give Penn State the victory.
Wisconsin concludes the tournament on Saturday, with a match against Michigan State beginning at 7 a.m. Live scoring is available here.
Purdue def. Michigan State 5-1
Indiana defeated Wisconsin, 6-0
Minnesota defeated Penn State, 4-2
Northwestern defeated Michigan, 5-1
Penn State def. Wisconsin, 3.5 to 2.5
Illinois def. Minnesota, 5.5 to .5
Indiana def. Iowa, 4-2
Ohio State def. Purdue, 4-2
Semi-finals (7 a.m. ET)
Indiana vs. Ohio State
Illinois vs. Northwestern
Other Saturday Morning matches
Iowa vs. Purdue
Michigan vs. Minnesota
Wisconsin vs. Michigan State