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Jacobsen tied for fifth place after 36 holes of Seahawk Intercollegiate


March 16, 2014

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WILMINGTON, N.C.- The Wisconsin men’s golf team closed out the day in eighth place after two rounds at the Seahawk Intercollegiate on Sunday in Wilmington, N.C. Despite battling tough conditions with rain and wind, several Badgers set career bests.

UW opened its 10-day spring break trip with the 54-hole two-day event at the par 72, 6,761-yard Nicklaus course. After shooting a 4-over par 292 in round one to take eighth place, the Badgers ended round two with a 17-over par 305 to stay in eighth out of the 13-team field with a 21-over par 292-305--597.

South Carolina leads the field heading into the final 18-holes with a 16-under par 273-287--560. The Gamecocks had an 18-hole score of 273 and 36-hole score of 560 which are both tournament records. ETSU stands in second place with a 3-over par 279-300--579, while Ohio State (282-299) and Louisville (278-303) are tied for third place with a 5-over par 581.

Individually, South Carolina’s Will Starke leads the field with a 7-under par 64-73--137, which is a tournament record. Davidson College’s Sam Echikson stands in second place with a 6-under par 64-74--138 and the Gamecocks' Matthew NeSmith rounds out the top-three with a 5-under par 70-69--139.

Leading the way for the Badgers is redshirt senior Robert Jacobsen, who is among the top-10 in the 78-player field in fifth place. Jacobsen shot an even-par 72 in round one and shot a 3-under par 69 in round two to earn a 3-under par 72-69--141, which is a new 36-hole career best.

"What a wild day today,” UW head coach Michael Burcin said. “We battled driving rain and heavy winds for 10 hours today.  The afternoon was extremely difficult which makes (Robert)'s round of 69 very special.”

Redshirt senior Jack Watson is second for UW and is tied for 32nd place overall with a 7-over par 77-74--151. In his first stroke-play tournament as a Badger, freshman Richard Hubbard is tied for 47th with a 10-over par 72-82--154. Hubbard’s first round even-par 72 sets his 18-hole career low.

Redshirt senior Zach Balit shot a 1-under par 71 in round one and ended the day tied for 54th with an 11-over par 71-84--155. Freshman Tommy Schofield rounds out the Badgers’ roster tied for 67th with a 16-over par 80-80--160.

Competing as an individual, freshman Ben Skogen is tied for 24th with a 72-76--148. Skogen’s 18-hole score of 72 and 36-hole score of 148 are career bests.

“One through four, they all showed signs of great golf, we just need more consistency mentally in being able to stay focused when it get tough,” Burcin said. “These extreme conditions give everyone an opportunity to see how mentally tough they are. Hopefully we can get the third round in tomorrow and move up the board." 

The final 18 holes will be played when competition resumes on Monday with a shotgun start beginning at 7:15 a.m. CT. Final results will be posted on UWBadgers.com.

Wisconsin Results
5 Robert Jacobsen 72-69--141, -3
T24* Ben Skogen 72-76--148, +4
T32 Jack Watson 77-74--151, +7
T47 Richard Hubbard 72-82--154, +10
T54 Zach Balit 71-84--155, +11
T67 Tommy Schofield 80-80--160, +16
*Skogen is competing as an individual

Team Results
1   South Carolina 273-287--560,  -16
2   ETSU 279-300--579,  +3
T3   Ohio State 282-299--581, +5
T3   Louisville 278-303--581, +5
5   Davidson College 278-308--586, +10
6   Campbell  286-301--587, +11
7   UNCW 287-309--596, +20
8   Wisconsin 292-305--597,  +21
9   Elon  300-299--599,  +23
10   Army 293-314--607,  +31
11   East Carolina 298-312--610, +34
12   Navy 307-315--622, +46
13   Delaware 308-327--635, +59

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