Badgers outlast Mother Nature, prepare for NCAAs

Wisconsin will host the NCAA women's golf regional May 7-9.

Madison - The Badgers golf teams have certainly experienced their fair share of challenges this spring. But the golfers tell us, it's all part of the territory.

The women's team will host an NCAA Regional next week. It's the first time that University Ridge has hosted a NCAA event since the 1998 NCAA Women's Championships. Wisconsin will host 18 teams and six individual golfers starting on Monday.

So a little brown grass isn't going to deter any of the Badger golfers.

"I'm very used to hitting inside all winter," says senior Gabby Curtis, "and it's just something that you learn to adapt to."

There have been challenges, but you don't have any choice but to deal with it," adds head coach Todd Oehrlein.

For Curtis, this tournament will be particularly special because she's a senior and a Wisconsin native. She spent a lot of her junior golf days at University Ridge.

"Honestly this is probably the best thing we could've imagined. That we finally get to end our college careers here, I think this is the best thing we could've asked for," says Curtis.

Now even though Mother Nature hasn't been the best caddy, the Badgers are confident because they know what it's like to play in these types of conditions that other schools located in warm weather areas haven't experienced.