Jan. 31, 2014
• Fall Statistics
MADISON, Wis. – After wrapping up its successful fall campaign in October, the Wisconsin women’s golf team will look to continue its record-breaking play when the Badgers begin the spring season.
UW tees off its spring schedule on Feb. 9-11, when the team travels to Sorrento, Fla., for the UFC Challenge.
The Badgers showed their ability to play to the competition and compete with the nation’s best during the fall season. UW will continue competing at tough tournaments when the spring season opens.
“We certainly have some areas that we want to see improve, but we finished really well,” UW head coach Todd Oehrlein said. “We finished very strong, pretty consistently and have a lot of strengths. Moving in to the spring, that’s our focus going forward.”
In addition to the UFC Challenge, the Badgers head to Peoria, Az., for the Westbrook Spring Invitational on Feb. 23-24. Wisconsin also travels to St. George, Utah, for the BYU Entrada Classic on March 17-18 and John’s Island, S.C., for Briar’s Creek Invitational on March 24-25.
UW closes out regular season play April 14-15 in Napa, Calif., at the Silverado Showdown. The 2014 Big Ten Championships will be held April 25-27 at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind.
Wisconsin wrapped up its successful fall season with four top-10 team finishes which included a first place finish Sept. 22 at the Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.
The Badgers were crowned tournament champion with a 1-over par 290-294-281--865. UW closed out the competition with a third-round score of 281 to set the school 54-hole record.
“The highlight obviously was the win at Furman and really how we played throughout that weekend,” said Oehrlein.
“Wins in golf are difficult to come by so when you get them, they’re special,” Oehrlein continued.
The Badgers recorded a fall average of 295.09 (3248 strokes/11 rounds), which puts UW on-pace to break the 18-hole average record of 302.93 (9,694 strokes/32 rounds) set in 2009-10.
“We had a good fall. We did a lot of really positive things,” Oehrlein said. “We had good balance, a lot of depth. We’re a little deeper than we’ve been in the past so we had some really good rounds.”
Three of Wisconsin’s all-time top 10 individual 54-hole scores were tallied during the fall season. Senior Kris Yoo recorded a school-record-tying 73-70-70--213 at the Lady Paladin Invitational on Sept. 20-22.
Junior Kimberly Dinh tied her own top-10 54-hole score with a 73-69-74--216 at the Cougar Classic on Sept. 8-10.
Also recording an all-time top-10 54-hole score was Brooke Ferrell. The freshman recorded a 72-74-68--214 at the Lady Paladin Invitational. Ferrell closed out her first collegiate fall campaign with an average of 73.63 (810 strokes/11 rounds), which was the third-best fall average among UW players.
“[Ferrell] came in and was prepared to play right away and was very prepared for the college environment and atmosphere. She did a really good job handling that right away,” said Oehrlein.
Seniors Yoo and Alexis Nelson posted team-best fall averages of 73.45 and 73.75 strokes per round, respectively, to lead the Badgers. Nelson, who tallied 560 strokes in eight rounds, led the Badgers at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown on Oct. 27-29, tying for eighth with a 36-hole score of 71-73—144.
Yoo earned a 73.45 average with 808 strokes in 11 rounds.
“We’ve had balanced contribution,” Oehrlein said. “Alexis Nelson gave us a really big boost this year. She was really solid.
“Kris Yoo is one of our other seniors and she was just remarkably consistent, as she has been really her whole career. She played outstanding again and she is one of our leaders for sure who is really dedicated and committed to what she is doing.”