Aug. 9, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin head men’s golf coach Michael Burcin Friday announced the hiring of Robbie Ziegler as assistant men’s golf coach. Ziegler, a former Oregon Ducks player, will begin his duties Aug. 19. He replaced Bryant Odom who took the head men’s golf position at Western Carolina.
"I am very excited about Robbie joining our program,” Burcin said. “I have known of Robbie since his junior golf years when he was one of the top players in the country. He is coming from a program at Oregon that is one of the premier programs in the nation.”
Burcin continued, “Robbie was a top player on teams that competed for Pac -12 and NCAA championships every year. He understands what it takes to compete at the highest level and I could not be more excited to have him in Madison."
Ziegler, who hails from Canby, Ore., is not unfamiliar with the Badger program. His sister, Aaren, is a junior golfer on the Wisconsin women’s team.
“This came as a big surprise to me,” Ziegler recounted. “I always wanted to get into coaching eventually. It’s just unbelievable how it worked out. My entire family is from Wisconsin. My parents attended Wisconsin. My sister is a golfer there. I just can’t thank Michael (Burcin) enough for giving me the opportunity. Even with being so young, I know I can bring a lot of things to the team.“
Ziegler played his collegiate golf at the University of Oregon, graduating with a degree in general social science-applied economics, business and society in 2013. He was a member of the Ducks teams that qualified for three NCAA championships and advanced to the final four twice. The 2011 team ranked among the top 15 in the nation.
In Ziegler’s final season he played in eight tournaments and averaged 74.16 strokes per round. His best tournament was a tie for ninth at the Allister MacKenzie Invitational with a 7 -under par 68-69-70—207. He finished his career ranked 10th all-time scoring at Oregon with an average of 73.44 (+2.02 over par)
He had to medical redshirt his sophomore year due to an eye injury. He came back in 2010-11, posting a 73.7 scoring average in 37 rounds. He tied for 25th in the Pac-10 championships with a 9-over 73-72-71-72—288. In his junior season, he was ranked No. 236 by Golfstat with a 73.46 average while the Ducks were ranked fifth nationally (73.457). He had his third top-25 Pac-12 finish tying for 21st with 72-74-71-74-291.
Ziegler was a member of the freshman recruiting class that was ranked No. 1 in the nation. He played in all 13 tournaments that year and averaged 73.0. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the PNGA Amateur Championship before falling to the No. 1 seed . He also tied for 35th at the Pacific Coast Amateur (72-75-68-71-286).