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Wisconsin tees off at 2013 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships

<b>Alexis Nelson, along with teammate Kris Yoo, led Wisconsin with a 2-over par 74 to tie for seventh place.</b>

Alexis Nelson, along with teammate Kris Yoo, led Wisconsin with a 2-over par 74 to tie for seventh place.

April 26, 2013

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French Lick, Ind. -- Alexis Nelson and Kris Yoo held top placement, as the University of Wisconsin women's golf team teed off the 2013 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships on Friday in French Lick, Ind., ending the opening round in sixth place.

Competing at the Donald Ross Golf Course in the 54-hole conference championships, Wisconsin shot 17-over par 305 to end the first day just four strokes out of fourth place. Nelson and Yoo led all Badgers in scoring, as each shot 2-over 74 on the day and tied for seventh place in the individual standings. 

It was the best 18-hole total of the spring for Wisconsin's Nelson, who entered coming off her highest individual finish of the season (T-22nd) last weekend at the Lady Buckeye Invitational. The junior from Mason, Ohio, finished the day with three birdies and five bogeys.

Yoo appeared poised to make another run at a top individual finish, as the junior from Schaumburg, Ill., opened the day with two birdies over her front nine, but then recorded a bogey and double bogey over her back nine. Yoo has already claimed six top-15 finishes this season, including four in her last five tournaments this spring.

Lindsay Danielson, Kimberly Dinh, Alyssa Elliott and Aaren Ziegler, also competed for Wisconsin, contributing with a trio of top-50 finishes between them. Danielson finished in a tie for 34th place at 6-over par 78; Dinh and Elliott each finished just a stroke behind at 7-over par 79 to tie for 40th place, while Ziegler came in a tie for 51st place with her 8-over par 80.

Hana Lee of Northwestern, No. 63 golfer in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, separated herself from a field full of experience and depth, shooting 4-under par 68 and taking the first-day lead into the clubhouse. The sophomore had a mistake-free day, carding four birdies and filling out the rest of her round at par.

Trailing Lee was teammate Kaitlin Park of Northwestern and Paula Reto of Purdue, who each recorded 1-under par 71 to finish the day runner-up. Lee, Park and Reto were the only individuals to finish the first 18 holes under par, while Katlyn Elliott of Penn State was the only to record even par (fourth place).

No. 29 Northwestern took the early team lead, combining for a score of 1-under par 287 and recording 16 total birdies between themselves. No. 15 Purdue ended the day in second place at 5-over par 293, while No. 49 Penn State rounded out the top three with an 8-over par 296.

Play resumes tomorrow with the second round of the 2013 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships, beginning with the first tee times at 8 a.m. CT.

Live results and scoring can be found at GolfStat.com.

T7 Kris Yoo 74, +2
T7 Alexis Nelson 74, +2
T34 Lindsay Danielson 78, +6
T40 Kimberly Dinh 79, +7
T40 Alyssa Elliott 79, +7
T51 Aaren Ziegler 80, +8 

1 Northwestern 287, -1
2 Purdue 293, +5
3 Penn State 296, +8
4 Ohio State 301, +13
5 Michigan State 303, +15
6 Wisconsin 305, +17
7 Michigan 306, +18
8 Indiana 310, +22
9 Illinois 311, +23
10 Minnesota 312, +24
11 Iowa 313, +25
12 Nebraska 321, +33

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