A deep roster at the University of Wisconsin this fall allowed Tess Hackworthy the luxury of taking a redshirt during the 2017-18 school year, meaning the Madison native will remain a Badger through the spring of 2020.
That's good news for UW coach Todd Oehrlein, who will graduated five seniors this spring, including Wisconsin natives Gabby Curtis and Becky Klongland.
Hackworthy figures to help fill those voids as much with what she has done on the course as her many contributions to the program off the course.
It was another summer to remember for Hackworthy. She repeated as Wisconsin Women's State Open champion, edging former Badger and current Symetra Tour golfer Jessie Gerry in a playoff. And then she qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur at San Diego CC, where she finishes three shots out of a playoff for the last of eight berths in the 64-player match-play field.
Here is why Hackworthy checks in at No. 17 in our Wisconsin.Golf's top 17 stories of 2017:
RACINE -- One emerged with a piece of history as the first amateur to successfully defend a Wisconsin Women’s State Open championship, the oth…
Hackworthy, who only played in three events last season as a sophomore, shot a 3-over-par 75 and Johnson, who has missed most of the last two seasons with a back injury, birdied two of her last three holes to shoot 4-over 76. They are tied for 61st and 78th, respectively, needing to be in the top 64 to earn a spot in the match-play portion of the 117th gathering of the world's top amateurs.
Hackworthy shoots a second-round 78 and, at 9-over-par 153, came closest of the two Badgers to earning a match-play berth. She finished three shots out of an 11-for-8 playoff for the final spots.