||Mary Fossum Invit.
||Windy City Classic
||Hoosier Fall Invite
||Las Vegas Showdown
||Colorado State (Dual)
||BYU Entrada Classic
||Briar's Creek Invit.
||SMU Ath. Club Invit.
||Lady Buckeye Invit.
||Big Ten Championships
||7:30 a.m. (Thur)
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's golf team continues postseason play this weekend in Norman, Okla., where it will compete as the No. 20 seed in the 2013 NCAA Central Regional, hosted by Oklahoma at the Jimmies Austin OU Golf Club, May 9-11.
Set to compete for Wisconsin at the 54-hole tournament and take on the 6,298-yard par-72 course is Lindsay Danielson, Kimberly Dinh, Katie Elliott, Alexis Nelson, Kris Yoo and Aaren Ziegler.
The Badgers are one of 24 teams that make up the Central Regional field, joined by Duke, Oklahoma, Florida, Washington, Arizona State, UC Davis, Texas Tech, North Carolina State, Michigan State, Iowa State, Southern Methodist, Campbell, Coastal Carolina, Wake Forest, TCU, Gonzaga, Indiana, UTSA, Mississippi State, Lamar, Illinois State, Detroit and Butler.
“We’re looking forward to getting down to Oklahoma,” Head Coach Todd Oehrlein said. “We’re comfortable with the golf course. There’s some familiarity. Four of the five players that will be making the trip have played the golf course before, and it’s a good golf course for us.”
Danielson, Dinh, Yoo and Ziegler all competed at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club last season for the Susie Berning Maxwell Classic. Danielson finished in a tie for 15th place individually, as the senior from Osceola, Wis., carded a 7-over par 74-71-78=223. Teammate Yoo was just behind, as the junior from Schaumburg, Ill., shot 9-over par 70-77-78=225 and finished tied for 22nd place.
Coach Oehrlein is looking for the prior experience with the course and recent momentum to give the Badgers an extra boost heading into the weekend.
“You’re always looking for ways to keep your team sharp and motivate your players,” Oehrlein said. “They’re excited about it. I don’t think this team needs a tremendous amount of motivation along those lines. We come in at a given seed, and I know that they believe and I believe we are probably a better golf team than that seed, just due to situations that maybe were a little bit out of their control.”
The tournament begins with opening-round tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. (CT). Ziegler will be the first of the Badgers to tee off her regional tournament, beginning her first round of play with a 12:55 p.m. tee time. Dinh will follow at 1:06 p.m., Nelson at 1:17 p.m., Yoo at 1:28 p.m. and Danielson at 1:39 p.m.
Temperatures are forecasted to be in the high 70s and low 80s for the tournament, but there is a chance for storms Thursday and Friday.
Live scoring of the 2013 NCAA Central Regional will be available at GolfStat.com.
Complete women's golf event notes in printable PDF format.
This season marks the first trip back to an NCAA regional for Wisconsin since the Badgers qualified for the NCAA Central Regional during the 2010-11 season. Wisconsin finished in 15th place that year, as current Badgers, Lindsay Danielson, Alexis Nelson and Kris Yoo, led the team with top-50 finishes.
Wisconsin has appeared in eight NCAA regionals over its program’s history. Wisconsin’s best finish at an NCAA regional came during the 2002-03 season, when it finished in sixth place at the Central Regional.
The NCAA Central Regional is one of three regional tournaments that will be conducted over the weekend, with each helping determine the championships field. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA championships competition, and all national championships policies apply. Each regional follows a 54-hole format over three days, hosting 24 teams and six individuals, from which the top eight teams and top two individuals in each region advance to the finals.
This season’s NCAA Championship will take place May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.
TEAM NOTES TO KNOW
1 RIGHT OUT OF THE GATES: 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.
INDIVIDUAL NOTES TO KNOW
1 MAKING HER MARK: 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.
LAST TIME OUT
Wisconsin finishes sixth at Big Ten Championships
• Wisconsin shot 53-over par 305-311-301=917 to finish in sixth place at the 2013 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships, hosted by thee Donald Ross Golf Course in French Lick, Ind., April 26-28.
• Three Badgers finished in the top 26 individually, as Alexis Nelson shot a season-low 54-hole total of 9-over par 74-75-76=225 to finish in a tie for 12th place individually. Kris Yoo finished tied for 16th place (+10), while Aaren Ziegler came in a tie for 26th place (+14).
• Alexis Nelson led the way for the Badgers, claiming the highest finish of the season (T12th) for the junior from Mason, Ohio, who outperformed her total from the prior weekend at the Lady Buckeye Invitational, where she tied for 22nd place.
• Yoo extended her strong second-half stretch of golf with another top-20 finish (T16th). The junior from Schaumburg, Ill., has finished no lower than 16th place individually in seven of her last eight tournaments, including placing as high as runner-up at the BYU Entrada Classic, March 18-19.
•No. 29 Northwestern and No. 15 Purdue each finished the 54-hole conference championship at 20-over par to share the team title as co-champions. Rounding out the top three was No. 24 Michigan State at 25-over par.
• Paula Reto of Purdue ran away with the individual title over the final round, shooting 70-over par to finish 4-under par on the tournament. Michigan State's Caroline Powers finished runner up at 3-over par.