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Badgers ready to begin spring season at UCF Challenge Feb. 9-11


Feb. 7, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s golf team tees off its spring schedule this weekend, when the Badgers travel to Orlando, Fla., for the UCF Challenge.

The University of Central Florida plays host to the event, which will be held Sunday-Tuesday, Feb. 9-11. The competition is held on the 7,212-yard, Par 73 course at Eagle Creek Golf Club.

The tournament features several of the nation’s top-ranked teams from the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings including No. 17 Kentucky, No. 19 Iowa State, No. 23 UCF, No. 30 Tulane and No. 37 Miami. The No. 38 ranked Badgers will compete against a 19-team field.

North Carolina was crowned tournament champion last spring after recording the only under par score of the tournament, finishing 10-under with 287-278-289--854.

2014 Field: Campbell, East Carolina, East Tennessee St., Florida International, Georgia State, GRU Augusta, Iowa State, Kennesaw State, Kentucky, Miami, Minnesota, New Mexico, SMU, South Florida, Texas State, Tulane, UCF, Western Carolina, Wisconsin

The Badgers are coming off of one of their best fall seasons in school history, where they showed their ability to play to the competition and compete with the nation’s best. UW earned 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.

Wisconsin 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.

Three of Wisconsin’s all-time top 10 individual 54-hole scores were tallied in the fall. 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.

Yoo and senior Alexis Nelson posted team-best fall averages of 73.45 and 73.75 strokes per round, respectively, to lead Wisconsin.

Yoo, Nelson, Dinh, Ferrell and junior Aaren Ziegler are set to compete for the Badgers this weekend.

Live scoring and results from the UCF Challenge can be found on Golfstat.com, as well as UWBadgers.com.

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