Nov. 16, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – Badger men’s golf coach Michael Burcin will add three players UW men’s golf roster next fall. Ben Skogen of Onalaska, Wis., Richard Hubbard of Daniel Island, S.C., and Tommy Schofield of Mundelein, Ill., have all signed national letters of intent to attend the University of Wisconsin in 2013.
BEN SKOGEN – Onalaska, Wis. (Onalaska High School)
Ben Skogen is the son of Debby and Scott Skogen from Onalaska, Wis. Ben is currently the No. 1 ranked player in the state of Wisconsin in Golfweek magazine. He has kept a national schedule having only finished outside the top 20 three times in the last year and has four top-15 finishes in AJGA events. He is ranked No. 90 in the Class of 2013 by Golfweek.
In 2011, Ben was the WIAA Division I individual state champion in boys golf and a member of the Onalaska High School boys basketball team which also won the WIAA Division I state championship. It is widely believed Ben is the first athlete ever in the state of Wisconsin to accomplish this feat. Skogen shot a 1 over par 145 at University Ridge Golf Course to win the state meet by two strokes.
In 2012 summer tournaments, Skogen won the Junior Tour No. 12 at Meadows Six Mile Creek with a 69. He tied for second in the PGA Junior Championships held at Yahara Hills Golf Course in Madison with a 69-69-138. At the 2012 WIAA State Championship he tied for 11th with a 150. Skogen chose Wisconsin over Iowa State and Minnesota.
Burcin on Skogen: “Ben comes from a terrific family and he is a great addition to our program. He constantly reminds me of how ready he is to make an immediate impact and we are ready for his work ethic and motivation to arrive in Madison. It is very important for us as a program to keep the number one player coming to UW, and Ben is the start of this moving forward!”
RICHARD HUBBARD, Daniel Island, S.C. (Pinewood High School)
Richard is the son of Cindi and Robert Hubbard of Daniel Island, S.C. Richard has been playing a national junior and amateur schedule for several years. Currently standing No. 80 in the national rankings, Richard qualified for the 2012 United States Jr. Amateur Championship after a personal best closing round 64 to win the qualifier with a 9-under par 71-64--135.
He placed ninth with an 8-over par 71-80--151 in the Sea Pines Junior Heritage which annually hosts the world’s best players at Harbor Town Golf Links. As a junior all-state player he finished second in the South Carolina state tournament and carried a 35.8 stroke average. Selected Charleston, S.C's The Post and Courier’s golfer of the year, he was the medalist in six of 12 high school matches last spring.
Richard, who is an avid hunter and fisherman, has a brother who attends The Citadel. He was also recruited by North Carolina, Auburn, South Carolina, and South Florida
Burcin on Hubbard: “I have known Richard for a long time while I recruited him at South Carolina. I have always liked Richard’s competitive fire on the golf course, regardless of the situation of where he stands on that day. He is tremendously motivated and he will not be intimated to compete on the national scene.”
TOMMY SCHOFIELD, Mundelein, Ill. (Carmel Catholic High School)
Tommy Schofield is the son of Tom and Michelle Schofield from Mundelein, Ill. Ranked No. 8 in the state of Illinois, Tommy had a summer of competing nationally in several AJGA events, while also being one of the top players in Illinois this past high school season.
Tommy put himself in contention this past summer with a second round 71 to finish 27th with a 74-71-81—226 at the AJGA Quad Cities. In the AJGA Lockton event at Mission Hills, Kan., Schofield tied was 17th with 75-71-75—221. He finished tied for fifth at the 2012 AJGA Midwest Junior Players Championship with a 75-73-70—218. Tommy currently works with golf instructor Brett Packee from Chicago who is also the primary instructor for Badgers Zach Balit and Jack Watson. Tommy chose Wisconsin over Iowa and Kansas.
Burcin on Schofield: “I began watching Tommy play this summer at an event when I was following someone else in his group. I was very impressed with his length and understanding of trajectory with his short irons. He is working very hard right now on refining his game and we are very excited about what he can do here in Madison. He is very comparable to current Badger Thomas O’Bryan, whom upon working hard and filling out his lanky build, they both have tremendous upside.”