June 25, 2014
The Badgers enjoyed their share of success in 2013-14 and now UWBadgers.com is honoring the best student-athletes, teams and performances of the year. Over the next few weeks, we'll unveil the best of the Badgers in five categories: Big Ten Medal of Honor (June 16), Athletes of the Year (June 17-21), Team Achievements of the Year (June 22-27), Games of the Year (June 28-July 5) and Freshmen of the Year (July 13-18).
Today we feature the Wisconsin women's golf team's NCAA Regional qualifying team as a nominee for the Team Achievement of the Year.
2013-14 In Review
MADISON, Wis. - The 2013-14 Badger team qualified for the NCAA West Regional and ended the season with a single season 18-hole scoring record of 299.25 per round. It was the third time in four years this team qualified for the NCAA Regionals.
The Badgers finished one place out of a national qualifying spot tying for ninth place with a 57-over par 301-305-315--921 in the 54-hole NCAA West Regional held at the par-72, 6,252-yard Tumble Creek Club at the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash.
Two seniors led UW. For the second-straight year, Kris Yoo led the Badgers in the regionals tying for 14th with 73-75-76--224. Last year the senior tied for 11th at the NCAA Central Regional with a 217 which included a course and school record 65 in the third round.
Alexis Nelson finished her UW career with her best regional finish tying for 31st with a 13-over 72-77-80--229. Junior Aaren Ziegler tied Nelson at 31st with 74-76-79--229. In her first NCAA tournament, freshman Brooke Ferrell tallied 23-over par 82-77-80--239 to tie for 87th. Junior Kimberly Dinh closed out UW's roster tied for 96th at 26-over 82-80-80--242.
During the record-breaking season, the Badgers set 36 and 54-hole records placing third with a 5-under par 286-288-285--859 at the Westbrook Spring Invitational. The previous 36-hole record was 578 set in 2001, and the 54-hole mark was 865 set last fall at the Lady Paladin Invitational on Sept. 22.
UW set its 18-hole record with a 281 in winning the Lady Paladin Invitational with 290-294-281--865 Sept. 22 in Greenville, North Carolina. Wisconsin has won at least one tournament every year since 2009-10.
Among individual accomplishments, playing in her first collegiate season, Ferrell played in all 32 rounds for the Badgers and set the freshman scoring record with 75.34 strokes per round. The previous record was 76.68 set by Alyssa Elliott in 2010.
Yoo closed out her four years ranked second in career scoring with 75.74 strokes per round and Nelson finished fourth overall with 76.87 strokes per round. Nelson's 2013-14 season average of 74.79 per round ranks second all-time.
Four members of the travel team set or tied career marks this year. As a freshman, Ferrell set all her bests and tied the school 54-hole record while tying for sixth at the Westbrook Spring Invitational with 74-70-69--213. Ziegler had her 18, 36 and 54 hole bests while tying for 22nd with 69-75-74--218 at the same event.
Five of the top-12 54-hole scores were established this year. Kris Yoo had her 54-hole best score while tying for third at the Lady Paladin with a 73-70-70--213. The mark also tied the school 54-hole record which is held by five different players, including senior Alexis Nelson.
Five Badgers earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. All gained repeat honors including Abby Busler, sociology (three years); Kimberly Dinh, chemical engineering and chemistry (three years); Alexis Nelson, marketing (four years); Dana Voss, Business operations technology management (two years); and Kris Yoo, kinesiology (two years).
With a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average, Kimberly Dinh earned her second-straight Capital One District Academic honor and her first Capital One Academic All-America honor as a member of the division I women's at-large second team. She also earned her third National Golf Coaches Association Scholar Athlete Award.