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Wisconsin ready to host Badger Invitational Sept. 29-Oct. 1

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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin men’s golf team will compete at home this weekend, when UW plays host to the 54-hole Badger Invitational Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the University Ridge Golf Course.

It is the Badgers’ first time hosting the event since 2003. The tournament was an annual event from 2000-2003, but UW hasn’t had a regular-season home event since then. Wisconsin last played at home while hosting the 2005 Big Ten Golf Championships.

The Badgers will welcome 13 other teams — Austin Peay, Charleston Southern, Illinois State, Kansas, Marquette, Northern Illinois, Northern Kentucky, Rutgers, South Carolina, UMKC, USC Upstate, Wofford, Xavier — to the three-day competition.  The 14-team field plus five individuals will participate from the championships tees on the Par 72, 7,259-yard course.

Wisconsin’s players and head coach, Michael Burcin, are excited to have the opportunity to play at home.

“(We are) excited about this week.  Everyone is going to get to play, either from a team standpoint or individually,” said Burcin. “It will be fun to show off the Ridge and all that is going on out there. We're excited. (We) can't wait.”

The Badgers shuffled their lineup due to the injury to Richard Hubbard. Now playing No. 1 for Wisconsin is senior Robbie Jacobsen; No. 2 is senior John Gullberg; No. 3 is junior Zach Balit; No. 4 is freshman Ben Skogen; No. 5 is junior Jack Watson.

Playing as individuals are, sophomore Matt Ross, Thomas O'Bryan, and freshman Tommy Schofield.

Playing in threesomes, the teams will play 18 holes each day. The low four individual scores each day will determine the team score for each round. Tee times begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday and Monday off holes 1 and 10, while a shotgun start is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Admission and parking for the Badger Invitational is free. While no live scoring is available, results following each round will be posted on UWBadgers.com.

After placing eighth at the season-opening Wolf Run Intercollegiate on Sept. 21-22, the Badgers are ready to compete in their second event of the 2013 fall season.

“We're excited to host this weekend. We just finished our first trip (Sunday), got home.  It was okay, mediocre. We had two kids play well, two kids that transferred in, Zach Balit and John Gullberg, from South Carolina and Illinois respectively,” said Burcin. “So individually, I think we had two kids in the top 16, which is the second time that's happened since I've been here. So that's good.”

Leading the way for the Badgers in the season opener at the 7,155-yard, Par 71 Wolf Run Golf Club in Zionsville, Ind., was Gullberg. The senior tied for 13th place, finishing the event with an 8-over par 73-74-74--221. Gullberg's score of 221 is a 54-hole career best.

Fellow senior Balit tied for 16th place and tallied a 9-over par 54-hole career best 75-74-73--222.

With veteran leaders and several new faces, the Badgers are looking forward to competing this year. Burcin indicated the qualifying rounds Thursday will determine the Badger lineup.

“It is a different atmosphere and the guys on the team have come to me and said this on their own,” said Burcin. “It's a completely different environment. We've got our first class of our own recruits here. We've got some transfers. It's great.  The environment's awesome.

“I'm so fired up for this year, really excited.”

Badger Invitational History
The Badgers will be playing at home for the first time since hosting the Big Ten Golf Championships in 2005 when UW hosts the Badger Invitational Sept. 29-Oct.1 The Badger Invitational held at UW’s home course, University Ridge Golf Course, was a regular event from 2000 to 2003, but the UW men’s golf team has not had a regular-season home event since then.

University Ridge Golf Course, Madison, Wis.
2000 - Sept. 9-10 Badger Invitational
1st /15 Wisconsin 287-291-282—860
T1 Jim Lemon 76-69-67—212 (won playoff)
3 Jon Turcott 72-71-70—213
T14 Neil Tiziani 74-75-71—220
T17 John Carlson 70-77-74—221
T17 Todd Anderson 71076-74—221
Team Champion: Wisconsin (860)
Individual Champion: Jim Lemon, Wis. (212)

2001 - Sept. 8-9 Badger Invitational
10th/15 Wisconsin 295-293-296--884
1 Jon Turcott 69-68-70–207
T25 Joel Rechlicz 75-72-72–219
63 Michael Baldwin 78-73-79–230
T70 Eric Reno 79-80-75–234
T70 Dylan Esterling 73-80-81–234
Team Champion: Toledo (853)
Individual Champion: Jon Turcott, Wis. (207)

2002 - Sept. 8-9 Badger Invitational
12th/15 Wisconsin 298-292-302–892
T14 Brian Brodell 69-71-75–215
T41 Joel Rechlicz 75-73-74–222
T67 Wes Hansen 78-77-76–231
T69 Dylan Esterling 83-72-77–232
T71 Kevin Tassistro 76-76-82–234
Team Champion: Toledo (843) University Ridge
Collegiate Course Record
Individual Champion: Brad Heaven, Toledo (208)

2003 - Sept. 12-14 Badger Invitational
T6th/9 Wisconsin 306-299–605
T6 Kevin Tassistro 75-73–148
T25 Ryan Conn 75-77–152
T31 Dylan Esterling 82-72–154
T31 Garrett Jones 77-77–154
T37 Brian Brodell 79-77–156
Team Champion: N.C. - Wilmington (585)
Individual Champion: Craig Revell, Mich. St. (140)
*Invitational shortened to 36 holes due to weather

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