Griffin Barela (uw invite)

Wisconsin's Griffin Barela tracks his shot from the 18th fairway during the Badger Invitational on Monday.

Amid the ashes of a season that ended Sunday amid bitter disappointment with a last-place showing at the Big Ten Conference Championship, University of Wisconsin men's golf coach Michael Burcin tried to find positives from his team's entire body of work during the 2018-19 season before focusing on what went wrong at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, Pa.

Among those that topped the list:

✓ The Badgers recorded the lowest stroke average in program history with its 292.97. According to the record book on the UW Website, that would top the mark of 293.22 set in 2004-05.

✓ Senior Jordan Hahn moved past former UW golfer Dan Woltman in single-season (71.59) and and career (72.91) scoring average.

✓ Griffin Barela finished his sophomore season with a 72.78 stroke average to move into fifth place on UW's all-time list behind Hahn (twice), Woltman and current volunteer assistant coach Garrett Jones. 

✓ Recorded its second team victory in the last five seasons when it won the Pinetree Intercollegiate in October.

Unfortunately for the Badgers, that couldn't take much of the sting out of the program's second 14th-place Big Ten showing over the last four years.

Barela (72) and Hahn (73) led the way as they did all weekend and most of the season as UW shot its best round of the championship (297), but could not dislodge themselves from last place. At 77-over-par 917, the Badgers finished 49 shots behind champion Illinois and 15 shots out of 13th place.

"We felt we had a team talent-wise to win this week and, in stretches, we showed that this year," Burcin wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.Golf. "We never could find the scoring in Nos. 3 through 5. Everyone has multiple rounds under par and then we would follow that up with rounds that hurt us."

A brutally tough layout at the Philadelphia Cricket Club didn't help, either.

In winning its fifth consecutive team title, Illinois' 868 winning total was the highest winning score by 30 strokes since the Big Ten returned to a 54-hole format for its conference championship. In addition, the 212 winning score of co-medalists Adrien Dumont de Chassart of Illinois and Angus Flanagan of Minnesota was the highest by a Big Ten medalist by six strokes.

"The golf course this week could have hosted a major and it really highlighted areas of players' game that weren't strong," Burcin wrote, "so it was extremely disappointing."

Burcin said he expects to see Hahn's name on the screen as an individual selection to the NCAA Division I Regionals when berths are announced Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. CT on Golf Channel. He thinks Barela has an outside chance of landing one of the 45 individual berths awarded to golfers who are not on the 81 teams advancing to NCAA regional competition.

If not, Burcin believes Barela will become the cornerstone of UW's lineup in much the same way that Hahn has been the last two years of a career in which the Spring Grove, Illinois, native played a remarkable 140 rounds.

"Griff is taking the baton nicely from Jordan and we actually had a young team after Jordan this year," wrote Burcin, who graduates only one other senior — Brett Robinson — and is expected to return the other eight golfers on the roster as well as incoming recruits Sebastian Iqbal of San Jose, California, and Coalter Smith of Grosse Point Farms, Michigan.

"With the two kids coming in, getting in the lineup will be very competitive," Burcin wrote. "So (we have) lots to be excited about and (we are) proud of what Jordan and Griff have done to elevate the program."


Team/Player Leaderboard
Philadelphia Cricket Club - Wissahickon Course Par: 70 Yardage: 7119
Flourtown, PA US
Apr 26-28, 2019
Ethan Shepherd from Indiana has made a hole-in-one on the par 3 3rd hole from 122 yards!
Click on the round header, (Rd 1, Rd 2, etc), to view previous round data
Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
1 Illinois 287 303 278 868
T1 Adrien Dumont de Chassart (2) 73 73 66 212
7 Giovanni Tadiotto (4) 72 76 68 216
T11 Varun Chopra (1) 71 74 75 220
T16 Michael Feagles (5) 71 81 69 221
T63 Bryan Baumgarten (3) 78 80 80 238
2 Purdue 282 309 282 873
6 Timmy Hildebrand (1) 69 74 72 215
8 Jarle Volden (3) 68 80 70 218
T29 Jason Hong (4) 79 77 68 224
T31 Cole Bradley (2) 75 78 72 225
T48 Joe Weiler (5) 70 85 74 229
3 Michigan State 291 304 288 883
T4 Donnie Trosper (2) 70 70 74 214
T21 James Piot (1) 74 75 73 222
T31 Troy Taylor II (4) 71 83 71 225
47 Kaleb Johnson (5) 76 80 72 228
67 Andrew Walker (3) 79 72 151
4 Michigan 299 296 290 885
3 Charlie Pilon (3) 72 72 69 213
T11 Nick Carlson (1) 71 74 75 220
T21 Henry Spring (2) 78 73 71 222
T56 Ian Martin (5) 81 77 75 233
68 Ben Dunne (6) 78 76 154
5 Nebraska 295 305 286 886
T16 Tanner Owen (1) 73 76 72 221
T16 Jay Cottam (2) 75 75 71 221
T24 Jackson Wendling (4) 76 76 71 223
T31 Mitch Klooz (5) 72 78 75 225
T48 Jace Guthmiller (3) 75 82 72 229
6 Rutgers University 291 316 280 887
T4 Christopher Gotterup (1) 69 74 71 214
T9 Shayler Dance (4) 75 78 66 219
T42 Oliver Whatley (2) 79 79 69 227
T52 Tony Jiang (3) 71 86 74 231
65 Bobby Weise (5) 76 85 78 239
T7 Ohio State 296 313 281 890
T11 Caleb Ramirez (3) 71 78 71 220
T21 Will Voetsch (4) 71 80 71 222
T31 Will Grimmer (2) 77 81 67 225
T42 Daniel Wetterich (1) 77 78 72 227
T42 Laken Hinton (5) 78 77 72 227
T7 Indiana 293 312 285 890
T16 Brock Ochsenreiter (1) 74 77 70 221
T16 Mitch Davis (4) 75 75 71 221
T24 Ethan Shepherd (2) 72 80 71 223
T39 Jake Brown (3) 72 81 73 226
69 Evan Gaesser (6) 80 75 155
9 Minnesota 287 303 304 894
T1 Angus Flanagan (1) 65 77 70 212
T39 Evan Long (3) 74 73 79 226
T48 Thomas Longbella (5) 74 75 80 229
55 Lincoln Johnson (2) 74 82 76 232
T61 Harry Plowman-Ollington (4) 78 78 79 235
10 Penn State 294 317 287 898
T29 Alec Bard (5) 72 83 69 224
T31 Ryan Davis (2) 73 80 72 225
T31 Charles Huntzinger (3) 75 76 74 225
T39 Ryan Dornes (4) 74 80 72 226
66 Louis Olsakovsky (6) 78 78
11 Iowa 293 314 292 899
T11 Gonzalo Leal (4) 70 78 72 220
T24 Alex Schaake (2) 75 75 73 223
T31 Benton Weinberg (3) 72 80 73 225
T52 Matthew Walker (1) 76 81 74 231
T56 Joe Kim (5) 76 83 74 233
12 Maryland 301 307 293 901
T9 Peter Knade (1) 73 71 75 219
T24 Christian Park (2) 75 78 70 223
T48 Tim Colanta (3) 78 78 73 229
T52 Justin Feldman (4) 75 81 75 231
T63 Dillon Brown (5) 81 80 77 238
13 Northwestern 295 309 298 902
T11 David Nyfjall (1) 72 78 70 220
T42 Eric McIntosh (3) 74 75 78 227
T42 Everton Hawkins (4) 74 81 72 227
T56 Ryan Lumsden (2) 78 76 79 233
T56 Lucas Becht (5) 75 80 78 233
14 Wisconsin 302 318 297 917
T24 Griffin Barela (2) 72 79 72 223
T31 Jordan Hahn (1) 75 77 73 225
60 Pete Kuhl (5) 77 80 77 234
T61 Sam Anderson (3) 78 82 75 235
70 Cameron Frazier (4) 78 80 158

rob@killarneygolfmedia.com

Rob started covering the Wisconsin golf scene in 1987 at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison & has been the only reporter covering all levels of state golf. He joined Killarney Golf Media in Sept. 2015 & helped launch Wisconsin.Golf in Jan. 2016.