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Varsity - May 15, 2014

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76 // VARSITY May 15, 2014 INSIDE MEN'S GOLF Badgers bring back all but one from improved team Wisconsin closes out best season since 2009 BY TESSA RUID @BADGERMGOLF W isconsin closed the books on the most successful season in five years by improving to 10th at the Big Ten champi- onship, the best finish since 2009. UW recorded a 311-302- 312-297―1222, the fewest strokes for the 72-hole tourna- ment since 2010. In addition, the Badgers had three players place among the top 25 in the tournament for the first time since 2008, and only the third time since 2000. Junior Thom- as O'Bryan shot a 12-over-par 76-76-74-74―300 to take 12th place at the Big Ten champion- ships, the highest finish for an individual since 2010. Redshirt seniors Jack Watson (78-71- 80-75) and Zach Balit (78-77- 76-73) tied for 24th place with a 16-over-par 304. TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL NOTES ● The Badgers improved their 18-hole scoring average by 3.93 strokes per round over the previous year, averag- ing 300.18 per round in 2013-14. It was the lowest stroke average since 299.50 in 2010. ● The team had six top-10 finishes in tournaments this season, the most top-10s since 2009-10. ● Wisconsin recorded a 54-hole best 288-299-295―882 at the USF Invita- tional March 2-4. UW also recorded its 18-hole best of 288 and 36-hole season-low of 587 at the event. ● Redshirt junior Jack Watson led UW with his career-best 18-hole average of 74.83 strokes per round, the first average of 74 since Stephane Dubois recorded a 74.07 in 2010-11. ● All members of the team set or tied 24 career marks this season. ● Eight Badgers recorded career 54- hole best tournament finishes. ● Redshirt junior Robert Jacobsen earned his second Big Ten Golfer of the Week honor on March 19 after carding a 36-hole career-best 3-under par 72- 69―141 at the rain-shortened 36-hole Seahawk Intercollegiate held March 16. ● Jacobsen, Balit and Watson combined for 29 rounds this year at 74 or lower. ● Jacobsen led the team with three top- 25 finishes, while Balit and freshmen Tommy Schofield and Ben Skogen each had two. ● All but one member of the team re- turns for 2014-15. ● Jacobsen and Matt Ross earned Aca- demic All-Big Ten honors. Jack Watson paced UW with 74.83 strokes per round SCHEDULE LAST TIME OUT May 2-4 Big Ten 10th place Championships

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