Badgers have season-best 18-hole 288 at USF Invitational


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March 2, 2014

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TAMPA BAY, Fla. -- In just their first stroke play tournament of the spring season, Wisconsin shot a season 18-hole best even par 288 to tie for ninth in the opening round of the 17-team USF Invitational in Tampa Bay, Fla.

Florida State and UNCG are tied for first at 13-under 275 in the 54-hole event which runs March 2-4 on the par 72, 7,060-yard Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club course. UNCG's Roy Dixon leads the field with a 9-under par 63.

Zach Balit had a career-best 68 to lead the Badgers. Balit collected five birdies and had one bogey to tie for eighth at 4-under par.

Jack Watson also had a career best 71 and Robert Jacobsen added a 70. Matt Ross added the fourth score with a 79 for the 288 total. John Gullberg rounded out scoring with an 80.

Badger coach Michael Burcin said of the team effort, "I couldn't he happier for Rob, Jack, and Zach and their starts today. They took advantage of ideal scoring conditions. There are a lot of scoring opportunities and they are all in contention. If we get that fourth good counting score tomorrow we can jump into the mix."  

Play continues with 18 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday. Follow live stats at golfstat.com.

BADGER SCORES Round 1
T9    Wisconsin          288
T8    Zachary Balit       68
T17   Robbie Jacobsen  70
T25   Jack Watson        71
T86   Matt Ross           79
88    John Gullberg      80

TEAM SCORES ROUND 1
T1   UNCG           -13     275     275
T1   Florida State  -13     275     275
3    Memphis        -11     277     277
T4   Mercer            -8     280     280
T4   Illinois            -8     280     280
6    South Florida   -7     281     281
7    Auburn            -6     282     282
8    Purdue            -5     283     283
T9   C. of Charleston E     288     288
T9   Wisconsin        E      288     288
11   Ohio State      +1     289     289
12   Florida            +3     291     291
T13  DePaul           +5     293     293
T13  E. Michigan     +5     293     293
T13  Cincinnati       +5     293     293
16   Air Force         +6     294     294
17   Marquette       +7     295     295

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