April 19, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s golf team travels to Columbus, Ohio, this weekend, where it will compete in the Lady Buckeye Invitational, hosted by Ohio State at its own Ohio State University Golf Club, April 20-21.
The par 72, 6,268-yard Scarlet Course will play host to 12 teams during the 54-hole tournament, including seven clubs ranked nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.
“Always great to head over to the Scarlet Course,” Head Coach Todd Oehrlein said Monday. “Great place, great golf course, very strong test. As you get closer to your conference championships, you like to kind of ramp up the type of golf courses you’re playing, and we’ll see a great one.”
In addition to the venue, a testing field awaits the Badgers, which includes No. 10 Purdue, No. 19 Northwestern, No. 27 Michigan State, No. 42 Penn State, No. 47 Ohio State, No. 56 Indiana, No. 57 Wisconsin, Augusta State, Iowa, Illinois, Kent State and Youngstown State.
Six Badgers will make the trip and represent Wisconsin this weekend. Abby Busler, Lindsay Danielson, Kimberly Dinh, Alexis Nelson, Kris Yoo and Aaren Ziegler are each scheduled to compete.
Danielson, Dinh, Nelson, Yoo and Ziegler most recently teamed up to compete two weeks ago at the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational, where Wisconsin finished 10th with an 85-over par 316-313-320=949.
With one individual title and seven top-20 finishes between them, Dinh and Yoo have helped set the tone for the Badgers throughout the season.
Having claimed an individual crown earlier at the BYU Entrada Classic, Dinh earned her second top-20 finish of the spring at the Dallas Athletic Club Invitational, April 5-7. Dinh led the Badgers individually and carded 14-over par 75-80-75=230 to tie for 16th place. Yoo finished 32nd at the same event with a 20-over par 79-75-82=236 and leads Wisconsin this season with five top-20 finishes.
“Yoo (has) had an incredible season,” Oehrlein said. “She’s really taken another step forward and she’s been rock solid for us in the three years she’s been here and continues to work hard. Dinh (has) really stepped up and had a nice year for us. (She) gained a lot of experience last year as a redshirt freshman, and this year, you can tell, a little more comfortable this spring and really started to put it together.
Dinh, Yoo and the Badgers look to build late-season momentum this weekend at the Lady Buckeye Invitational, which tees off with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. CT on Saturday. The final round of golf is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. CT on Sunday, in the 6-count-4 event.
Weather forecasts project mostly sunny skies for Saturday’s opening round with a high of 54 degrees and low of 38 degrees. Winds are expected to be around 14 mph. Sunday calls for partly cloudy skies, a high of 60 degrees and 11 mph winds. There is only a 10 percent chance for precipitation both days.
Live scoring of the entire event will be available on www.Golfstat.com. Complete recap and coverage of the event can be found on UWBadgers.com, shortly after the conclusion of each day.
This season marks the 33rd running of the Lady Buckeye Invitational. Host team Ohio State has won the tournament 14 teams and placed 12 medalists since the tournament’s debut in 1975, having most recently secured a team title at last season’s event with a 30-over par 894.