Badgers ready to tee off spring season


Badgers

Jan. 31, 2014

Fall Statistics

MADISON, Wis. - After posting strong team and individual performances during the fall season, the Wisconsin men's golf team begins its spring schedule Feb. 14-15 at The Big Ten Match Play Tournament held at The Concession Golf Course in Bradenton, Fla.

The Badgers recorded three top-10 finishes during the fall campaign and will look to continue tough play when the spring season tees off.

"We've got a full spring slate. Great tournaments. The fields are going to be good," said UW head coach Michael Burcin.

Following the opening-season Big Ten Match Play Tournament, the Badgers travel to Tampa, Fla., for the USF Invitational held March 2-4. UW will also travel to Wilmington, N.C., on March 16-17 for the Seahawk Intercollegiate and Awendaw, S.C., on March 23-25 for Hootie at Bulls Bay.

Wisconsin closes out regular season play April 12-13 at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa, and then travels to the 2014 Big Ten Championships at the Peter Dye Course in French Lick, Ind.

The Badgers had several impressive individual performances during the fall season and as a team, recorded a fall average of 300.5 (606 strokes/12 rounds).

"We had some individuals play really well, so our overall team scoring average was lower," said Burcin. "For the most part, everybody's individual stroke average was lower, so it was a step in the right direction for sure."

Individually, the Badgers were led by redshirt senior Robert Jacobsen, who tallied a fall average of 74.16 (890 strokes/12 rounds) and recorded two top-10 finishes. Jacobsen recorded his best fall performance at the Badger Invitational held at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis., on Sept. 29-Oct. 1. He tied for third place and recorded a career-best 54-hole score of 74-73-68--215.

"Rob Jacobsen had a great fall. He has the opportunity to do some things in the spring," said Burcin.

Redshirt senior Jack Watson recorded the Badgers' second-lowest fall average of 74.66 (672 strokes/9 rounds) and earned a career-best 54-hole score of 73-73-73--219 at the Wendy's Kiawah Classic in Kiawah Island, S.C., on Nov. 3-5.

Additionally, freshmen Tommy Schofield and Ben Skogen and Richard Hubbard contributed to the team in their first collegiate fall season.

"The freshman were fantastic from a leadership standpoint," said Burcin. "Richard, Tommy, and Ben have really changed the environment of the program. That's the most exciting part."

With experienced veteran leaders and reliable newcomers, the Badgers will look to continue their strong play right when the spring season gets underway.

"I'm really excited about the spring," said Burcin. "What's important for us is we've got to get off to a good start, but we're excited."

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