May 4, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- UW women's golf awards were announced at the team's annual banquet May 3 at Heritage Hall on the Madison campus.
Player of the year was junior Kris Yoo of Midland, Mich. Yoo owns the lowest scoring average for the Badgers with 75.21 strokes per round in 33 rounds. She is one of four players to play in all 10 tournaments. She led UW in five events and finished second in the other five.
Yoo carded a 1-over 71-76-70-- 217 at the Cougar Classic, which tied her for 22nd place. Yoo's score not only set a new career best by a stroke, but also marked the ninth best all-time 54-hole score for UW. She was named second team All-Big Ten Conference earlier this week, the first such honor for the Badgers since 2007.
Kimberly Dinh, who won the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational, was recognized for academic excellence. Dinh carries a 4.0 grade point average as a redshirt sophomore.
Also earning awards were junior Alyssa Elliott with the Badger Power Award for leadership in strength and conditioning. Sophomore Abby Busler earned the low putting award; newcomer of the year was Christine Garmoe.
The most improved player went to sophomore Aaren Ziegler of Canby, Ore. She had 18, 36 and 54-hole career bests of 69-148-218 and averaged 77.96 strokes per round. She led UW in the Mary Fossum Invitational finishing 12th with 78-77-69--224.
Wisconsin qualified for its first NCAA tournament since 2011 and will compete May 9-11 in the NCAA Central Regional in Norman, Okla. The Badgers improved from ninth a year ago to a sixth place finish in the Big Ten Championships April 24-26 in French Lick, Ind.
Player of the Year (low scoring average): Kris Yoo
Academic Excellence: Kim Dinh
Badger Power (leadership in strength and conditioning): Alyssa Elliott
Low Putting Average: Abby Busler
Most Improved (biggest jump in scoring average): Aaren Ziegler
Newcomer: Christine Garmoe