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Wisconsin women return for spring season this weekend in Arizona

ON WISCONSIN <b>Head coach Todd Oehrlein, senior Lindsay Danielson and the Badgers eye a strong spring season, beginning Saturday.</b>
Head coach Todd Oehrlein, senior Lindsay Danielson and the Badgers eye a strong spring season, beginning Saturday.

Feb. 15, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin women’s golf team returns this weekend for its spring schedule, beginning on Saturday with a 36-hole dual against Colorado State.

The Badgers, ranked No. 43 by Golfweek, square off against the Rams at the Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch in Gilbert, Ariz., on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Making the trip will be sophomore Abby Busler of Oregon, Wis., senior Lindsay Danielson of Osceola, Wis., sophomore Kimberly Dinh of Midland, Mich., junior Alexis Nelson of Mason, Ohio, junior Kris Yoo of Schaumburg, Ill., and Aaren Ziegler of Canby, Ore.

UWBadgers.com will have complete recap of the event, for which there will be no live coverage.

Wisconsin competes in its first tournament of spring when it hosts the Westbrook Spring Invitational, Feb. 24-25, in Peoria, Ariz., at the Westbrook Village Golf Course.

At last year’s tournament, Nelson tied UW’s all-time 54-hole school record (68-72-73=213) and led the way as the Badgers finished their with fifth-best team 54-hole score to place eighth (295-296-292=883). Illinois took home the team title, shooting an 11-under par 288-282-283=853.

This year’s Westbrook Spring Invitational field includes No. 1 Washington, No. 13 Arkansas, No. 20 Texas Tech, No. 39 Mississippi State, No. 42 Indiana, Colorado State, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas State, Nebraska and Washington State.

Washington enters the spring ranked No. 1 by Golfweek, while also boasting the nation’s No. 1-ranked individual golfer, SooBin Kim. Kim enters ranked No. 1 by Golfstat.com and No. 2 by Golfweek, after posting a win, second-place and third-place finish over the fall season.

The Badgers showed their ability to play to the competition and hang with the nation’s best during the 2012 fall season at the Cougar Classic. The tournament featured 10 of the top 15 teams from the 2012 NCAA National Division I Women’s Golf Championship, including national champion Alabama. UW finished just five strokes off of Alabama, while also edging out top-five NCAA championship finishers LSU and Southern Carolina to finish 12th out of 24 teams.

Wisconsin earned one tournament title during the fall at the Hoosier Fall Invitational. Held at Belterra Resort in Florence, Ind., Danielson kept up her record-breaking pace to capture the first individual title of her career, while the Badgers as a team closed a 12-stroke gap over the final 18 holes to come from behind and take the team title over host Indiana. 

The individual title marked the first of Danielson’s career, as the senior posted a career-best 54-hole total and tied the all-time program score with her 3-under par 72-68-73=213. Danielson also earned her first Big Ten weekly award as co-golfer of the week for her performance.

Also taking home top-15 finishes during the fall season for Wisconsin were Yoo and Ziegler.

Finishing in a tie for 12th place at the Mary Fossum Invitational, Ziegler set a career-best tournament finish with her 8-over par 78-77-69=224. The sophomore from Canby, Ore., also shot a career-best 54-hole 2-over par 73-75-70=218 to outshoot her previous personal-best mark by 14 strokes and finish in a tie for 25th place at the Cougar classic.

Yoo carded a pair of top-15 finishes during the fall. Playing a big role in the Badgers taking home the Hoosier Fall Invitational team title, Yoo recorded a 75-74-76=225 and tied for ninth. The junior from Schaumburg, Ill., also finished in a tie for 14th at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, leading UW to an eighth place team finish after shooting a 7-over par 73-76-74=223.

As a team, Wisconsin is tied for 19th in the nation with a 76.1 fairways hit percentage and 20th for a 49.3 short game percentage.

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