Sept. 4, 2012
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MADISON, Wis. -- Head coach Todd Oehrlein and a group of veteran Badgers return as the Wisconsin women's golf team prepares to hit the links this weekend to tee off the 2012-13 season.
Coach Oehrlein is back for his 10th season as head coach of the Wisconsin women's golf team. Oehrlein was named the 2011 Co-Big Ten Coach of the Year after guiding the Badgers to qualify in the NCAA Central Regional Championship for the first time since 2003.
UW opens the 2012-13 season with the Cougar Classic, Sept. 9-11. The 6,219-yard, Par 72 course at Yeamans Hall Club in Charleston, S.C., plays host to the event.
The tournament features 10 of the top 15 teams from the 2012 NCAA National Championship including national champion Alabama. A total of 13 of the top 25 teams from the final 2012 Golfweek rankings will also be in attendance, including last year's Cougar Classic team champion, the LSU Tigers.
2012 Field: Alabama, Auburn, College of Charleston, Charleston Southern, Duke, Florida, Furman, Georgia, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Mississippi, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCF, UNCG, Wake Forest, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Set to compete against the nation's best is a group of experienced Badgers including Lindsay Danielson, Alexis Nelson and Kris Yoo.
It was at the Cougar Classic last season that Danielson shot a season-best score of 222, laying the foundation for her impressive junior campaign. The senior went on to post the top or second best team scores in eight of 10 tournaments last season. Danielson also led the Badgers with a team-best 75.90 stroke average, which also ranked fourth best for a single season in team history.
Danielson's best performance last season came at the Badger Invitational where she finished third (69-79-78=226). Opening with a 69, the native of Osceola, Wis., carded the best single-round score for any player in the tournament and one of just three scores to break par.
Looking down the UW leaderboard last season, Yoo was never far behind from Danielson, finishing in the top three on the team in eight of 10 tournaments. The junior from Schaumburg, Ill., also returned home last season to compete at the 18-hole USGA Women's Public Links Qualifier held in May at Glenwoodie Golf Club in Glenwood, Ill. Yoo recorded a 4-over par 76 to medal and advance to the 2012 USGA Women's Amateur Public Links Championships.
Back healthy and ready to compete this fall, Nelson looks to build off last season's promising spring. The junior from Mason, Ohio, was held back from competing last fall after a leg injury, but did come back to compete for UW in four of the five spring tournaments.
Upon her return, Nelson made a statement at the Westbrook Invitational, where she shot a career-best 68-72-73=213, tied the school 54-hole record and also turned in the team's lowest 18, 36 and 54-hole scores on the season to place sixth. Nelson also competed in the 36-hole Wisconsin State Women's Open in June. Recording a 15-over par (81-78=158), Nelson tied for sixth in the event.
Carding success off the links as well, Danielson and Kimberly Dinh each gained national recognition last season after being named to the 2011-12 NGCA All-American Scholar Team. Danielson was named to the team a third-straight year, while it was the first recognition for redshirt sophomore Dinh, who carried a 4.0 cumulative GPA last season.
Joining Danielson, Nelson and Dinh in Charleston are Kris Yoo, who placed among the top three golfers in eight tournaments for the Badgers last year and averaged 76.40 through all 30 rounds of play, and Aaren Ziegler.
Abby Busler, Danielson, Dinh and Nelson were each named to the spring Big Ten Academic All-Conference team.
Live scoring and results from the Cougar Classic can be found on GolfStat.com, as well as UWBadgers.com.