Jan. 23, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - Badger men's golf coach Michael Burcin added two players to his second semester UW men's golf roster. Returning to his home state is John Gullberg, a native of Franksville, Wis., and a graduate of Racine Case High School. New to the state is Zach Balit of Bradenton, Fla.
Both players have transferred in for the second semester. Gullberg is a sophomore who attended the University of Illinois his first year of college. Balit redshirted as a freshman last year at the University of South Carolina.
Burcin said of the additions, "We are pleased to add two quality individuals in Zach Balit and John Gullberg to our roster. John, who is from Franksville near Racine, Wis., was anxious to get back to Wisconsin. John comes from one of the top programs in the nation in Illinois. He is excited to work hard and be part of the future of Badger golf."
Burcin continued, "Zach comes from South Carolina where I had the pleasure of coaching him for one year. Zach has a tremendous amount of physical ability and he also comes from a top program. Zach had a great summer on the amateur circuit and he is also very excited to be in Madison."
Gullberg played just one tournament while at Illinois tying for 43rd at the 2011 Illini Classic with an 83-72-155. While a prep player, he won the Racing Tri-Course Championship, was the Midwest Amateur Junior Golf Tournament Pheasant Run Resort champion in 2010, and the 2010 MAJGT Fall Junior Amateur champion.
A four-year state qualifier, he tied for third at the 2011 WIAA state golf championship and led the event in the first round with an even par 72. As a junior Gullberg won the state sectional title, and place 21st overall in the state finals. He claimed seven meet titles senior at Case and was named first-team all-area by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. A member of the National Honor Society and Key Club, he was ranked in the top 10 in his high school class of 572.
Balit was the team MVP of the Out-of-Door Academy as a sophomore and junior. He was the Florida Class 1A champion as a junior, and won the 2009 Donald Ross Memorial. He was the medalist at the 2008 International Junior Masters and won the AJCA Coca-Cola junior championship that same year.
"The addition of both these players will be very important in regards to work ethic and their commitment levels to being great," Burcin said. "Both players come from programs that have very high expectations, and they will be very comfortable with the new expectations at Wisconsin and the amount of work and effort it takes to get to the highest level."
The men's golf team begins the spring team schedule at the Big Ten Match Play Tournament Feb. 10-11 at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.