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UW men's fall golf schedule released


May 27, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. -- After showing significant improvement in scoring and success in 2014, the Wisconsin men's golf team will continue to stretch and grow by seeing three new courses in its fall lineup in addition to a home meet and a visit to Erin Hills Golf Course, the site of the 2017 U.S. Open.

UW will participate for the first time in Coach Burcin's tenure in the Wolverine Intercollegiate Sept. 6-7 held at the U-M course in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Wisconsin will visit another Big Ten foe at the Windon Memorial Classic hosted by Northwestern Sept. 21-22 held at the Evanston Golf Course in Evanston, Illinois.

Last year, the Badgers played in their first home meet since hosting the Big Ten Golf Championships in 2005, when the 2013 Badger Invitational was held at UW's home course, University Ridge. Wisconsin will again host the 54-hole Invitational Sun-Tues., Sept. 28-30. The Badgers were 11th in the 14-team field with 900 while South Carolina won the tournament with an 8-under par 282-283-291--856.

For the second-straight year, the Cardinal and White will compete at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate, hosted by Marquette, at the Erin Hills Golf Course in Hartford, Wisconsin. In the inaugural Erin Hills Intercollegiate last year, UW was 10th with 898 in a challenging field. The tournament was won by Stanford University with a 13-under par 280-285-286--851.

In addition, several players will gain some experience by competing, Sept. 8-9 in Green Bay, as individuals at the UW-Green Bay Invitational.

 "By far this is the best fall the program will go through in many years," UW head coach Michael Burcin said.  "The combination of golf courses and competition will put us in position to have a great year.  All of these golf courses have each collectively hosted NCAA competitions, USGA championships, and PGA Tour events.  Upon coming to Wisconsin it was important to set the standard that kids will know upon coming to Madison, that we will play a nationally-competitive schedule on great courses.

"We are also playing a few individual events each year, which will give our young guys some guaranteed events to play in and this will be key to the development of the program."

The 72-hole Big Ten Championships will be held at a new venue next April. The Victoria National Golf Course just outside of Evansville, Indiana, will host the tournament April 24-26. The Badgers closed out the 2014 season with a 10th-place finish at the 2014 Big Ten Championships held May 2-4 on the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Indiana. UW recorded a 311-302-312-297--1222, the lowest conference team finish since 2009. It was also the fewest strokes for the 72-hole tournament since 2010.

The Badgers had three players place among the top 25 at the Big Ten tournament for the first time since the 2008, and only the third time since 2000.

Junior Thomas O'Bryan shot 12-over par 76-76-74-74--300 to take 12th place at the Big Ten Championships, the highest finish for a Wisconsin individual since 2010.

2013-14 Year in Review
Team Play:

• The Badgers improved their 18-hole scoring average by 3.93 strokes per round over the previous year averaging 300.18 per round in 2013-14. It was the lowest stroke average since 299.50 in 2010.
• The team had six top-10 finishes in tournaments this season, the most top-ten finishes since 2009-10.
• Wisconsin recorded a season 54-hole best 288-299-295--882 at the USF Invitational, March 2-4. UW also recorded its season 18-hole best of 288 and 36-hole season-low of 587.
• All members of the team set or tied career marks this season. 24 marks were set or tied.
• Eight Badgers recorded career 54-hole best tournament finishes.

Individual Play:

• Junior Jack Watson led UW with his 18-hole career-best average of 74.83 strokes per 18 holes (1796 strokes/24 rounds), the first average of 74 since Stephane Dubois recorded a 74.07 in 2010-11.
• Redshirt senior Robert Jacobsen led the team with three top-25 finishes, while Zach Balit, Tommy Schofield and Ben Skogen each had two.
• Jacobsen, Balit and Watson combined for 29 rounds this year at 74 or lower.
• Jacobsen earned his second career Big Ten Conference Golfer of the Week honor on March 19 after carding a career 36-hole best 3-under par 72-69--141 at the rain-shortened 36-hole Seahawk Intercollegiate held March 16.

  2014-15 Wisconsin Men's Golf Schedule
  Day   Date   Tournament   Location   Course
 Sat-Sun.  Sept. 6-7  at Wolverine Intercollegiate  Ann Arbor, Mich.  U of Michigan GC
 Mon-Tues.  Sept. 8-9  at UW-Green Bay (Indv.)  Green Bay, Wis.  Green Bay Country Club
 Sun-Mon.  Sept. 21-22  at Windon Memorial Classic  Evanston, Ill.  Evanston GC
 Sun-Tues.  Sept. 28-30  BADGER INVITATIONAL  Madison, Wis.  University Ridge
 Sun-Tues.  Oct. 5-7  at Erin Hills Intercollegiate  Hartford, Wis.  Erin Hills GC
 Mon-Wed.  Nov. 3-5  at UCLA Invitational  San Martin, Calif.  CordeValle GC
 Fri-Sun.  April 24-26  at Big Ten Championship  Newburgh, Ind.  Victoria National
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