June 20, 2014
• TOURNAMENT CENTRAL
MADISON, Wis. – Assistant women’s golf coach Katie Elliott left this week to serve as an assistant coach with the U.S. team attending the World University Games in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.
The 15th World University Golf Championship will be played June 24-27 on the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Course at the Haut-Plateau Resort in Crans-Montana. The head USA coach is former Iowa head coach, Diane Thomason.
Elliott, who has served as the UW assistant since 2010, actually played in this same tournament following her senior season as a Badger in 2008. That tournament was held Sept. 2-5 in Sun City, South Africa. Elliott shot a one-over par 73 in the final round to help catapult the U.S. into first place.
Members of the 2014 women's team are some of the best collegiate golfers in the United States. Annie Park and Kyung Kim of 2014 NCAA runner-up University of Southern California, Jenny Hahn of 10th place Vanderbilt and Dana Finkelstein of UNLV will all participate in the 54-hole tournament.
Kim tied for 16th with a 5-over par 77-74-67-67—285 at the NCAA meet and Park tied for 77th with 75-75-76-71—297. Hahn tied for 84th with 81-75-75-68—299, and playing as an individual, Finkelstein tied for 33rd with 75-77-68-69—289.
There are 75 men and 63 women competing in separate tournaments at the World University Games. Twenty-three nations are represented by teams or individuals.
The golf course annually hosts the Omega European Masters and demands precision and a complete game. The Severiano Ballesteros course offers unforgettable views in natural surroundings and has often been called one of the most beautiful courses in the world.
Elliott, who attended Edgewood High School in Madison, was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2007 and led UW in scoring average her last three years. As a senior she averaged 76.7 in 32 rounds.
Her career average of 77.13 in 124 rounds ranks sixth all-time in UW history. Her junior year average of 75.24 ranks fifth for a season. In her career, Elliott won two tournaments and was a top-10 finisher 11 times.
As a high school player, she was named the 2003 WIAA State Player of the Year and the 2003 WSGA Junior Girls Player of the Year. She earned All-State honors during the 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 seasons. Edgewood won the state title in 2001, 2002 and 2003, when Elliott was the individual champion. She also won the 2002 and 2003 Westfield Junior Wisconsin PGA Championships.