by: MITCH ZIEGLER / COURTESY - Aaren Ziegler (center), a member of the Wisconsin women's golf team, poses with former Canby High School coaches Terry Bailey (left) and Jason Mathews (right) during the NCAA West Regional tournament May 8-10 in Washington state.Aaren Ziegler and the Wisconsin women’s golf team narrowly missed out on a bid to the Division I national championships, tying for ninth place at the 54-hole NCAA West Regional tournament May 8-10 in Cle Elum, Wash.

The former Canby High School star finished with a 54-hole score of 74-76-79 (229) at the par-72, 6,252-yard course at Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort, tying for 31st place in the individual standings while recording three birdies.

Ziegler and the Badgers entered the 24-team regional with the No. 16 seed but climbed into the top 10 with a 301-305-315 (921). It was the second-straight regional appearance for Wisconsin and the sixth in program history.

The top eight West teams, including regional champion USC, earned berths to the NCAA finals May 22-23 at Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Arizona State’s Noemi Jimenez earned West medalist honors.

Ziegler and UW finished the year with a school-record season average of 229.25 strokes per round.

Last season, Ziegler and the 20th-seeded Badgers snagged a berth to the national championships out of the Central Regional with a 19-over par 292-303-288 (883). It was just the second NCAA finals bid in program history.

This year, Ziegler and Wisconsin earned a regional bid after taking sixth place at the Big Ten championships April 25-27 at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind.

Ziegler shot an 80-77-80 (237) to finish in a tie for 44th place at the 54-hole conference tournament.

Her performance was highlighted by two birdies, one on the par-4, 325-yard 11th hole in her first round and the other on the par-4, 380-yard 12th hole during her third round.

Ziegler finished a combined 21 strokes over par, which Ohio State’s Jessica Porvasnick matched to claim the individual league title.

The Badgers carded a 316-305-293 (914) to finish in the top half of the team standings, while Michigan State and Ohio State shared the conference tournament championship with three-day totals of 895.

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