PALM COAST, Florida — A tie-breaker loss to eventual champion Ohio State in the second round of the Big Ten Conference Match-Play Championship might have been all that kept the University of Wisconsin golf team from picking up where it left off last fall.
Instead, the Badgers were sent to the consolation round Saturday, when it topped Michigan State 4-2 before losing by the same score to Purdue in the fifth-place match.
Senior Jordan Hahn went 3-1 in his four matches, including a 3-and-1 victory over Ohio State's Will Grimmer — at No. 16, the Big Ten's highest-ranked individual in the GolfStat national rankings. Sophomore Griffin Barela also won three of his four matches at the No. 2 spot, with all three of his wins coming against higher-ranked golfers. Fellow sophomore Tom Calbi also went 3-1 as well as every Badgers golfer won at least once in the four matches.
"I was really happy with how our guys played," UW coach Michael Burcin said. "The conditions couldn't have been any different between day one and day two and they handled it great. We played really well to end the fall and this was very good start to the spring season to keep that momentum going."