Sept. 11, 2012
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. - The Badger men’s golf team will open its fall season this weekend at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate at the Wolf Run golf Club in Zionsville, Ind. The first and second rounds will be played on Saturday, September 15. The final round of the Wolf Run Intercollegiate will be held on Sunday.
Wisconsin is one of five Big Ten teams at the Intercollegiate, which includes: Illinois, Ohio State, Michigan State and Indiana. The field features 14 teams from six collegiate conferences. This is the Badgers first appearance at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate and will be the second fall season opener for head coach, Michael Burcin.
“We are very excited to get the season going and see where we have made strides.Getting that first season under your belt as a new staff is always a good feeling and we are looking forward to making some more progress this year. As much time as we spent on the road recruiting this summer, it is refreshing to get back into practice and competition mode.”
Wisconsin’s top returning player is senior Anthony Aicher. Aicher posted a 75.35 stroke average in 2011-12 to lead the team. He was also the only player to play all 34 rounds last season. Sophomore Thomas O’Bryan will also be returning for the Badgers this weekend after leading Wisconsin in the last tournament of the spring, tying for 28th at the Big Ten Championship. O’Bryan was also recognized in May as one of 12 Sportsmanship Award honorees by the Big Ten Conference.
“Sophomore Thomas O’Bryan had a terrific summer. He went out and did exactly what we asked in playing a national schedule and he played well. Thomas really wants to get better on a daily basis and he spends time on the areas of his game that need the most work, which is what you have to do if you really want to improve in this game. I think his summer will benefit him this year as far as his on course maturity and I think he is going to be a factor in the Big Ten.”
Starting the 2012-13 season off with eight returning letterwinners, Wisconsin looks to continue to advance in national standings as well as improve the team’s placement in the Big Ten Championship this spring. The veteran roster, along with two freshmen in Matt Ross and Brian Starker and junior transfer from Kent State Jack Watson (redshirting 2012-13), will bring experience and depth to the table this season.
“I think last year having our best team finish in three years was a good step at Louisville and we ended up moving up about 25 spots in the national rankings from the previous season,” Burcin said of last year. “We also saw some improvement with some other higher team finishes as well. With all this being said, we have a long way to go to get back into the national picture and competing for Big Ten Championships.”
Burcin continued, “Overall we have the same goals as last year and they will continue to be consistent in how we approach every day. We want to get to NCAAs and enjoy every step of the process. We feel such a simple approach keeps everyone going in the same direction and expectations in all facets of the program are very high.”
Players who qualified for this first tournament include:
Teams Participating at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate include: