Badgers earn Big Ten All-Conference golf awards


ON WISCONSIN <b>Kris Yoo is the first UW player to earn All-Conference honors since 2007</b>
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Kris Yoo is the first UW player to earn All-Conference honors since 2007
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April 30, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. -- Kris Yoo earned second-team All-Big Ten honors and Lindsay Danielson collected a Sportsmanship Award, as the Big Ten Conference announced on Tuesday the women’s golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners.

One of six individuals to earn second-team All-Conference honors, Yoo was recognized along with Michigan State’s Allyssa Ferrell and Christine Meier, and Purdue’s Aurora Kan, Kishi Sinha and Margaux Vanmol.

The junior from Schaumburg, Ill., leads Wisconsin with a season scoring average of 75.12 through 11 tournaments of play. That mark also currently ranks second all-time in program history, behind Malinda Johnson’s 74.33 season average (2003-4).

Yoo’s best finish of the season came at the BYU Entrada Classic, March 18-19, in which she shot a season-best 1-over par 71-72-74=217 to finish runner-up in the individual standings. Having claimed a number of top finishes this season, Yoo has finished no lower than 16th place individually in seven of her last eight tournaments.

The last Badger to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors was former Wisconsin athlete and current assistant coach, Katie Elliot, during the 2007 season.

Danielson was one of 12 recognized by the Big Ten as a Sportsmanship Award honoree this season.

The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The complete list of honorees can be found below.

The senior from Osceoloa, Wis., adds the honor to her list of career recognitions, which includes NGCA All-American Scholar Team (2011-12, Academic All-Big Ten (2010-11; 2011-12) and National Golf Coaches Scholar Athlete team (2009-10; 2010-11).

Holding a 76.39 season scoring average through 11 tournaments this season, Danielson currently has a 75.62 career scoring average and is on-pace to smash the current team record of 76.18 set by Malinda Johnson from 2001-04. Danielson also set the program’s all-time 54-hole total earlier this season, shooting 25-over par 72-68-73=213 and claiming the individual title at the Hoosier Fall Invitational.

Danielson has competed in a total of 113 rounds for Wisconsin since the 2009-10 season, earning one individual title, nine top-10 finishes and 17 top-25 placements.

The Badgers will compete in the NCAA Central Regional May 9-11 in Norman, Okla. It is the first NCAA regional bid since 2011 for UW.

The Big Ten also announced Michigan State’s Caroline Powers as the Big Ten Player of the Year, Northwestern’s Kaitlin Park as Freshman of the Year and the Wildcats’ Emily Fletcher as Coach of the Year.

2013 BIG TEN WOMEN’S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE AND INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Caroline Powers, Michigan State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Kaitlin Park, Northwestern

COACH OF THE YEAR
Emily Fletcher, Northwestern

ALL-BIG TEN
First Team
Caroline Powers, Michigan State
Hana Lee, Northwestern
Kaitlin Park, Northwestern
Amy Meier, Ohio State
Laura Gonzalez-Escallon, Purdue
Paula Reto, Purdue

Second Team
Allyssa Ferrell, Michigan State
Christine Meier, Michigan State
Aurora Kan, Purdue
Kishi Sinha, Purdue
Margaux Vanmol, Purdue
Kris Yoo, Wisconsin

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
Kaitlyn Wampler, Illinois
Elizabeth Tong, Indiana
Briana Midkiff, Iowa
Lauren Grogan, Michigan
Caroline Powers, Michigan State
Carmen Laguna, Minnesota}
Steffi Neisen, Nebraska
Hana Lee, Northwestern
Amy Meier, Ohio State
Katlyn Elliott, Penn State
Kishi Sinha, Purdue
Lindsay Danielson, Wisconsin

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