Nov. 6, 2009
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Wisconsin golfers wrap up season in Pebble Beach, Calif.
The Wisconsin men’s golf team wraps up its fall season in Pebble Beach, Calif., with the St. Mary’s Invitational from Nov. 9-10.
The Badgers hope to continue with strong play
After a two week break, the Badgers enter the tournament coming off of their best team finish of the season. Wisconsin placed seventh at the Memphis Intercollegiate in Memphis, Tenn. from Oct. 19-20 and hopes the sound performance will stay with them as they travel to California.
Freshman Michael Sorenson and senior Jordan Elsen lead the team
Elsen led the Badgers at the first two tournaments of the season, the Gopher Invitational and the Wolverine Intercollegiate. The senior currently boasts an 18-hole average of 73.0.
Despite his young age, Sorenson is not far behind Elsen. Sorenson’s 18-hole average is a 73.81, which is partly a result of his ability to lead the team in the last two tournaments: the Alister Mackenzie Invitational and the Memphis Intercollegiate.
The season so far
7th: Memphis Intercollegiate
The Wisconsin men's golf team had its best team finish of the fall, tying for seventh out of 16 teams, with a 906 at the Memphis Intercollegiate in Memphis, Tenn.
Sorenson tied for 10th with a 6-over-par, 222 (76-69-77) to lead the Badgers at the par-72, 7,259-yard Colonial Country Club.
10th: Wolverine Intercollegiate
The Badgers finished 10th at the 14-team Wolverine Intercollegiate in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Wisconsin, which was in 11th after the second round, finished with a team score of 882 (298-290-294) at the par 72-6,979 yard, Radrick Farms Golf Course. Michigan took the top spot, tallying a 24-under-par, 840 (277-288-275).
Elsen claimed the top spot for the Badgers, tying for fourth place overall with a final score of 208 (71-68-69). He finished day one with a career-best 139 in two rounds. The score tied for 11th best 36-hole round in UW history.
12th: Alister Mackenzie Invitational
The Alister Mackenzie Invitational was rained out after 36-holes, leaving the Wisconsin men’s golf team tied for 12th place finish at the par-71, 6,686 yard Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif.
The Badgers shared a 36-hole score of 574 (288-286) with Big Ten rival, Indiana University (285-289--574).
Sorenson tied for 19th overall and obtained the top spot for the Badgers going into round three with a total score of 140 (71-69). Sorenson shattered his previous personal best of 151 in 36-holes, set at the 2009 Gopher Invitational by 11 strokes.
8th: Gopher Invitational
The Badger men's golf team opened the season at the 12-team Gopher Invitational in Wayzata, Minn., placing eighth with a 306-294-293=893.
Elsen was the top Badger individual, tying for 14th with a three-over par, 219 (72-70-77). Making his collegiate debut, Sorenson started the day tied for 43rd and moved up to a tie for 21st with his 222 (76-75-71). Another freshman, Anthony Aicher of Wausau, Wis., found his comfort zone in the third round shooting the best 18-hole round for UW with a 224 (80-75-69).