June 13, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- Badger head coach Michael Burcin reviews the 2013-14 season in this video. A team and indivual summary of the season follows.
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-tens 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.
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 Balit and freshmen 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 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.
Skogen was recognized on May 7 as one of 12 men's golf Sportsmanship Award honorees by the Big Ten Conference. Robert Jacobsen and Matt Ross earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Big Ten Tournament Finish:
The Badgers closed out the season with a 10th-place finish at the 2014 Big Ten Championships held May 2-4 on the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind. 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 an individual since 2010. Redshirt seniors Jack Watson (78-71-80-75) and Zach Balit (78-77-76-73) tied for 24th place with 16-over par 304.