Wisconsin ready to tee off 10-day spring break trip


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March 14, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin men’s golf team tees off for two busy weekends of competition, when the Badgers travel to Wilmington, N.C., for the Seahawk Intercollegiate on March 16-17.

“We are very excited about this spring break trip and the two events that will test us,” UW head coach Michael Burcin said.

UW opens its 10-day trip with the 54-hole Seahawk Intercollegiate. The Badgers will play 36 holes on Sunday at the Country Club of Landfall on the par 72, 6,761-yard Nicklaus course, and then close out the tournament with 18 holes on Monday. Both days will begin with a shotgun start at 7:45 a.m. CT.

Wisconsin will compete against a 13-team field, including Army, Campbell, Davidson, Delaware, East Tennessee State, Elon, East Carolina, Louisville, Navy, Ohio State, South Carolina and UNCW.

Following the Seahawk Intercollegiate, Wisconsin will travel to Awendaw, S.C., on March 23-25 for the 54-hole Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate at the par 72, 7,282-yard Bulls Bay Golf Club. UW returns to the competition after placing 15th at last year's event with a 60-over par 306-314-304--924.

“These fields in Wilmington and Charleston are very good and we cannot wait to get going for a great 10-day trip of competition and practice,” Burcin said.

Competing for the Badgers are redshirt seniors Robert Jacobsen, Jack Watson and Zach Balit. The experienced trio heads into the trip coming off of strong individual performances.

“It is nice to have three guys in Jacobsen, Watson and Balit that have really solidified their spots and they continue to get better individually,” Burcin said. 

As a team, the Badgers are averaging 299.2 strokes per 18 holes (4488 strokes/15 rounds). Jacobsen is leading UW individually with his 18-hole average of 73.93 strokes (1109/15). Watson is averaging 74.33 (892/12), while Balit has an average of 75.4 (1131/15).

“From a stroke average standpoint, it has been a while since the program had three guys that can compete week in and week out,” Burcin said.  “With Rob now at 73 and Watson at 74 we have really made strides.  Balit has also played very solid always being under or around par as of late.”

Joining the trio will be freshmen Richard Hubbard, Tommy Schofield and Ben Skogen. The trip will give the freshmen an opportunity to compete and gain valuable experience.

“We felt it was time to let these three freshmen run a little bit,” Burcin said. “Hubbard played very solid at the match play, while Schofield had a nice fall considering the golf courses he played. Skogen will also get another chance playing as an individual in Wilmington.”

“All three of these guys will be solid for us long term once they become completely comfortable playing at this level,” Burcin continued. “It is important for these guys to get the chance to see how far they have progressed in their first year and they have an opportunity to take hold of our 4 and 5 spots in the lineup.  We have had nice performance from 1-3 almost all year, but you have to have four good scores.”

Results from the Seahawk Intercollegiate will be posted on UWBadgers.com. Results and live scoring from the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate can be found on Golfstat.com, as well as UWBadgers.com.

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