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All-time team effort, career-bests fuel Wisconsin at Cougar Classic

ON WISCONSIN <b>Kris Yoo stroked in five birdies on her way to carding a 2-under 70 on Tuesday.</b>
Kris Yoo stroked in five birdies on her way to carding a 2-under 70 on Tuesday.

Sept. 11, 2012

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Charleston, S.C. -- A number of career-best performances plus a strong third-round surge were part of the formula that produced a positive tournament of golf from the Wisconsin women’s golf team Sept. 11 at the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall in Charleston, S.C.

Recording their best team golf of the tournament by seven strokes and carding a third-round score of 285, the Badgers rallied from a second-round lull to finish the tournament in 12th place with a 292-305-285--882.

Florida was crowned tournament champion after shooting a 12-under par 286-279-287--852 over the  54-hole tournament. Duke finished in second place with a 6-under 286-291-281--858, while Southern California came in third with a 1-under 285-283-295--863.

Not only did the third-round resurgence move the Badgers up the Cougar Classic leader board, it also moved the 2012-13 group into the record books, as 285 ranks as the third-best 18-hole team score in UW history.

Amongst the field of 24 teams competing at the tournament, UW’s third-day total tied with earlier scores from Southern California and Vanderbilt for the third-lowest round of the tournament (285). Champion Florida put together the best round of golf of the tournament earlier in the second round, carding a 279.

Wisconsin’s final tournament score of 882 ranks as the sixth-best 54-hole team score in UW history.

The Badger women also showed they are capable of competing with some of the nation's best.

The tournament featured 10 of the top 15 teams from the 2012 NCAA National Division I Women's Golf Championship, including national champion Alabama. The defending national champions finished eighth, just five strokes better than the Badgers. Wisconsin did, however, finish ahead of top-five NCAA championship finishers LSU and South Carolina.  

Individally, Kris Yoo and Aaren Ziegler were each on their games for Wisconsin, picking up a pair of top-25 finishes and ending the tournament with momentum as both turned in 2-under 70 on Tuesday.

Yoo carded a total of five birdies and just three bogeys, which brought her tournament total to a 1-over 71-76-70--217 and tied her for 22nd place. Yoo’s tournament not only set a new career best by a stroke, but also marked the ninth best all-time 54-hole score for UW.

Aaren Ziegler had arguably one of the most consistent days on the course, shooting a 2-under 70 as well, carding four birdies and only two bogeys. Ziegler’s final score of 2-over 218 (73-75-70--218) tied her for 25th place, and also outshot her previous personal best 54-hole score by 14 strokes.

Lindsay Danielson shot a 1-over 73 to end her tournament with a 7-over 73-77-73--223 and in a tie for 54th. Kimberly Dinh shot even par 72 on her way to finishing tied for 71st with a combined score of 11-over par 75-80-72--227. Alexis Nelson shot a third round total of 3-over par 75, which brought her total to 76-77-75--228 and a tie for 78th.

The Badgers return home with a short week of preparation before heading to East Lansing, Mich., for the Mary Fossum Invitational, Sept. 15-16 at Forest Akers Golf Course.

UW Scores

T22 Kris Yoo – 71-76-70--217, +1

T25 Aaren Ziegler – 73-75-70--218, +2

T54 Lindsay Danielson – 73-77-73--223, +7

T71 Kimberly Dinh: 75-80-72--227, +11

T78 Alexis Nelson: 76-77-75--228, +12

Team Scores

1 Florida – 286-279-287--852, -12

2 Duke – 286-291-281--858, -6

3 Southern Cal – 285-283-295--863, -1

4 Vanderbilt – 289-285-290--864, E

5 Georgia – 287-290-290--867, +3

6 Auburn – 288-288-294--870, +6

7 NC State – 290-291-290--871, +7

8 Alabama – 289-294-294--877, +13

T9 North Carolina – 299-287-292--878, +14

T9 Tennessee – 296-288-294--878, +14

11 Virginia – 286-290-304--880, +16

12 Wisconsin – 292-305-285--882, +18

13 Penn State – 293-296-296--885, +21

T14 Mississippi – 299-293-300--892, +28

T14 UCF – 294-294-304--892, +28

16 South Carolina – 306-299-294--899, +35

17 Wake Forest – 297-301-302--900, +36

18 LSU – 303-292-307--902, +38

T19 College of Charleston – 300-296-310--906, +42

T19 Miami – 300-301-305--906, +42

21 Maryland – 309-295-308--912, +48

22 UNCG – 300-301-312---913, +49

23 Furman – 307-300-312---919, +55

24 Charleston Southern – 299-313-322---934, +70

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