May 13, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's trip to the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship next week has brought some national recognition.
The Badgers were mentioned in the Golfweek Regional Recap on Monday, and the Badgers were also named Golfweek's Team of the Week for becoming the lowest-seeded team to qualify for the national tournament.
UW was the 20th seed in the 24-team NCAA Central Regional held May 9-11 at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla. UW climbed from 12th after 36-holes to seventh with a 19-over par 292-303-288=883 to claim one of the eight qualifying bids.
Wisconsin junior Kris Yoo had a bogey-free, 7-under par 65 the final round to set a school and course record and give UW the boost. Yoo finished tied for 11th with 1-over par 72-80-65=217.
Golfweek's Lance Ringler speculated that Wisconsin was a bubble team and might have been the last at-large team picked for the regionals. Wisconsin, which finished sixth in the Big Ten Conference tournament, is one of four conference teams to advance to the national championship along with Purdue, Northwestern and Michigan State. The Big Ten is sending the third most teams to nationals.
UW is having one of its best seasons on the books qualifying for the NCAA national tournament for just the second time in school history and first under coach Todd Oehrlein. It was just the fifth time the team qualified for an NCAA regional. The 303.67 18-hole team stroke average this season ranks second all-time in school records.