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Sept. 9-11 Cougar Classic 12th, 882
Sept. 15-16 Mary Fossum Invit. 6th, 920
Oct. 1-2 Windy City Classic 9th, 905
Oct. 13-14 Hoosier Fall Invite 1st, 894
Oct. 21-23 Las Vegas Showdown 8th, 907
Feb. 16 Colorado State (Dual) W, 29-7
Feb. 24-25 Westbrook Invit. T8, 911
March 18-19 BYU Entrada Classic 1st, 888
March 25-26 Briar's Creek Invit. T13, 939
April 5-7 SMU Ath. Club Invit. 10th, 949
April 20-21 Lady Buckeye Invit. T6th, 937
April 26-28 Big Ten Championships 8 a.m. (Fri.)
May 9-11 NCAA Regionals TBA
May 21-24 NCAA Championships TBA
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Dana Voss So. R
Kris Yoo Jr. R
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April 26-28
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's golf team tees off conference tournament play this weekend, as it travels to French Lick, Ind., to compete in the 2013 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships this weekend at the French Lick Resort.

The par-72, 6,121-yard Donald Ross Course will play host to all 12 conference teams this weekend, as the 54-hole tournament begins on Friday with the first 18 holes, then continues with two more rounds through Sunday.

"It's a Donald Ross golf course," Head Coach Todd Oehrlein told media last Monday. "Donald Ross designed Pinehurst and designed a lot of green golf courses. He's known for very demanding greens. It's going to put a lot of pressure on your game.

"It's a conference championship. It shouldn't be set up easy."

 Tournament 11  |  2013 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships
 Date  Fri.-Sun., March 26-28  |  8 a.m (Fri./Sat.); 7 a.m. (Sun.)
 Location  French Lick, Ind.  |  French Lick Resort
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There will be nothing easy about the tournament field either, with five Big Ten teams currently holding top-50 GolfWeek/Sagarin national rankings. Led by No. 9 Purdue, Northwestern is ranked No. 24 nationally, while Michigan State comes in at No. 25, Ohio State stands at No. 42 and Penn State is No. 49. Wisconsin enters currently ranked No. 58 in the rankings.

Making the trip to this year's championships for Wisconsin will be Lindsay Danielson, Kimberly Dinh, Alyssa Elliott, Alexis Nelson, Kris Yoo and Aaren Ziegler.

Led by senior Danielson, five of the six Badgers that competed at last season's Big Ten championships return, as Dinh, Nelson, Yoo and Ziegler were all in contention last season. Of the returning Badgers, Danielson led the way last season by tying for 36th place and shooting 19-over par 78-80-77=235. Dinh, Nelson and Ziegler all tied for 40th place at 20-over par, while Yoo finished tied for 51st place after carding 22-over par.

"We talk to them about never passing on an opportunity to provide leadership or be a leader," Coach Oehrlein said. "You see the results out on the golf course. It's (being) a great example and not afraid to encourage and talk to teammates and do some different things along the way as well."

Experience and leadership will be aplenty in this year's championship field, which also welcomes back 11 of the top 20 finishers, including five of the top 10, from last season. Defending champion Michigan State returns top scorers Caroline Powers (T-3rd), Allyssa Ferrell (T-14th) and Liz Nagel (T-18th) and also enters having beaten out Wisconsin and others for the Lady Buckeye Invitational title last weekend.

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Regardless, Oehrlein is convinced his Badgers can compete.

"(This) team can compete at French Lick," Oehrlein said. "It has the potential to be a contested a championship as we've seen in a while. The team has not peaked right now. We've had moments of really solid golf for long stretches. We just need to make it a little more consistent and hold rounds together."

The championships begin on Friday at the Donald Ross Course with first round action beginning at 8 a.m. CT. Saturday's second round is also set to begin at 8 a.m., while Sunday's third and final round will tee off at 7 a.m.

• Wisconsin finished in ninth place at the 2012 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships, shooting a 64-over par 318-303-307=928. Current Badger Lindsay Danielson finished second among Badgers, coming in a tie for 36th with a 19-over par 78-80-77=235.

• Wisconsin returns five of its six Badgers that competed at the Big Ten championships last season, with Lindsay Danielson, Kimberly Dinh, Alexis Nelson, Kris Yoo and Aaren Ziegler all in contention again this season.

• Dating back to 1974, Wisconsin has earned 13 top-five finishes at the Big Ten championships. The Badgers have captured four top-five finishes in the last 10 seaons under Head Coach Todd Oehrlein

• The highest team finish ever recorded by Wisconsin at the Big Ten championships was a runner-up finish in 2003. Ohio State claimed the tournament title that year, with the event being hosted in Iowa City, Iowa.

Head Coach Todd Oerhlein

Wisconsin teed off the 2012-13 fall season in record fashion, finishing the Cougar Classic at Yeaman's Hall in Charleston, S.C., with the third-best 18-hole team score in UW history (285). Led by top-25 overall finishes from Kris Yoo and Aaren Ziegler, the Badgers placed 12th in the tournament with a 292-305-285=882.

2 COMPETING WITH THE BEST: Wisconsin showed its capability to compete with the nation's best 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. While Wisconsin finished just five strokes behind Alabama, UW did edge out top-five NCAA championship finishers LSU and Southern Carolina.

Kris Yoo carded a 1-over 71-76-70=217 at the Cougar Classic, which tied her for 22nd place. The junior's performance not only set a new career best by a stroke, but also marked the ninth best all-time 54-hole score for UW.

2 BEGINNING WITH A BANG: Aaren Ziegler began her fall season in a big way at the Cougar Classic, scoring a 2-over 73-75-70=218 and shattering her previous personal-best 54-hole score by 14 strokes to finish tied for 25th place. Ziegler earned a career-best finish at the Mary Fossum Invitational after shooting an 8-over 78-77-69=224 to tie for 12th place.

3 SENIOR STATUS: Lindsay Danielson took home her first individual title and led Wisconsin to the team title at the Hoosier Fall Invitational. 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. For her performance, Danielson earned her first Big Ten weekly award as co-golfer of the week on Oct. 17.

4 UN-DINH-IABLE: Wisconsin claimed its second team title of the season in the BYU at Entrada Classic, March 18-19, as Kimberly Dinh also won her first career individual title and Kris Yoo finished runner-up. The Badgers finished the 54-hole tournament with a 25-over par 296-293-299=888, while Dinh won the individual crown with a career-best even-par 72-70-74=216. Dinh earned UW's second Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors on March 20 for her efforts.

Wisconsin finishes in tie for sixth at Lady Buckeye Invitational

• Wisconsin recorded a 73-over par 317-303-317=937 to finish in a tie for sixth place at the Lady Buckeye Invitational, hosted by Ohio State on its Scarlet Course at the Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio.

• Four Badgers finished in the top 26 individually, as Kris Yoo tied for 11th place (+15), Alexis Nelson finished tied for 22nd place (+18), and Lindsay Danielson and Kimberly Dinh each tied for 26th place (+20).

• Kris Yoo earned the top individual finish among Badgers, coming in a tie for 11th place with a 15-over par 78-75-78=231. The junior from Schaumburg, Ill., earned her sixth top-15 finish of the season, also making it four top-15 finishes in five tournaments during the spring season alone.

• No. 27 Michigan State held on to win the team title after finishing with a 40-over par 308-298-288=904. No. 14 Purdue came runner-up with its 47-over par 310-295-306=911.

• Laura Gonzalez of Purdue claimed the individual title, shooting 5-over par 73-73-75=221.

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