Wisconsin Rapids sectional
When, where: 9 a.m. Monday at The Ridges GC, Wisconsin Rapids.
Teams: Eau Claire Memorial, Eau Claire North, New Richmond, Onalaska, River Falls, Stevens Point, Tomah, Westby/Viroqua.
Individuals: Sidney Kiltie, Hudson; Grace Amundson, La Crosse Central/Logan, Roma Shah, Marshfield, Katelyn Baribeau, Rice Lake; Ginny Yahnke, Sparta; Lauren Raboin, Superior; Abby Johnson, Superior; Madison Strangfeld, Wisconsin Rapids.
2016 story: Mississippi Valley Conference champion Onalaska (350) and Clover Valley champion Stevens Point (354) kept the Big Rivers Conference from exercising its local knowledge at Wild Ridge GC in Eau Claire and won the WIAA Division 1 Eau Claire Memorial sectional ahead of the host Old Abes (360) and Eau Claire North (365). Hudson senior Lexi Jonas (76), Eau Claire Memorial sophomore Lexi Meade (77) and Wisconsin Rapids senior Cierra Botcher (81) advanced to the state tournament as individuals.
2017 skinny: Two-time state qualifiers Erin Ericson and Kate Chafoulias should help heavily favored Onalaska make it three straight trips to the state tournament after finishing third a year ago. The second berth is there for the taking between Eau Claire Memorial, Stevens Point and Tomah, but Memorial could have the edge if junior Lexi Meade or senior Rebekah Gerry can take it low unless Stevens Point, which won the last leg of the Wisconsin Valley Conference tournament at The Ridges, is able to make the most of its local knowledge. It could be an interesting battle for medalist honors between Meade, Onalaska's Ericson and Brooke Knudton of Westby/Viroqua, especially if it comes down to The Ridges' tight back nine.
Projected state team qualifiers: Onalaska, Eau Claire Memorial.
Projected state individual qualifiers: Brooke Knutson, Westby/Viroqua; Sydney Brown, Eau Claire North; Katelyn Baribeau, Rice Lake.
Green Bay Notre Dame sectional
When, where: 9 a.m. Tuesday at Thornberry Creek at Oneida GC, Oneida.
Teams: Appleton East, Bay Port, De Pere, Green Bay Notre Dame, Green Bay Preble co-op, Pulaski, Shawano, Waupaca.
Individuals: Shelby Hiltgen, Appleton West; Rylie Severson, Ashwaubenon; Zion Estano, Ashwaubenon; Claire Tomczik, D.C. Everest (Schofield); Maddie Quinn, Hortonville; Bree Downie, Hortonville; Emily Manteufel, Neenah; Kennedy Peters, Seymour.
2016 story: Senior Lauren Owens and junior Annie Schneider both shot 88 to tie for fifth as De Pere (365) topped Green Bay Notre Dame (377) to win the Green Bay Preble sectional at Royal Scot GC in New Franken. The race for the three individual berths was much tighter as Appleton North's Sami Plankey (79), Hortonville's Bree Downie (82) and Green Bay Preble's Katie Warpinski (85) edged Waupaca's Markie Ash (87) to advance to University Ridge GC in Madison.
2017 skinny: To say this sectional is the most wide-open in the state would be an understatement. The top two teams qualifying out of the Green Bay Preble co-op sectional -- the host Hornets (361) and De Pere (364) -- seem untouchable, but Thornberry Creek at Oneida GC, site of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, could be the great equalizer. It can be a tough layout, but two years ago Notre Dame (355) and Green Bay Preble (359) won with sub-360 scores. As many as five schools have a shot at winning the sectional and at least one of the qualifiers could easily come out of the first wave of teams that feature third and fourth-place regional finishers. Bay Port freshman Jo Baranczyk is the individual to watch, but she could have company from De Pere's Annie Schneider, Appleton East's Olivia Richardt, Hortonville's Bree Downie and Waupaca's Markie Ash.
Projected state team qualifiers: Green Bay Preble co-op, Bay Port.
Projected state individual qualifiers: Bree Downie, Hortonville; Markie Ash, Waupaca; Annie Schneider, De Pere.
Fond du Lac sectional
When, where: 9 a.m. Tuesday at Rolling Meadows GC, Fond du Lac.
Teams: Arrowhead (Hartland), Cedarburg, Hartford, Homestead (Mequon), Kaukauna, Kewaskum/Campbellsport, Oshkosh West, Sheboygan North/South.
Individuals: Kendra Swanson, Beaver Dam; Shefali Bhatt, Fond du Lac; Kirsten Leonardi, Sussex Hamilton; Madison LaPaz, Oconomowoc; Grace Suter, Oconomowoc; Anna Weidemann, Oshkosh North; Laruen Craig, West Bend West/East; Lexi Fiorentino, West Bend West/East.
2016 story: Eventual state champion Hartland Arrowhead placed all five golfers in the top seven at Hartford GC, led by sectional medalist and eventual state champion Emily Lauterbach's 4-under-par 70, as the Warhawks won with an eye-popping 309 total. Kettle Moraine (347) edged Oshkosh West (349) for the second team berth while Cedarburg's Anna Reisinger (82), Oshkosh West's Jordann Handy (84) and Kaukauna's Hannah Moore (85) took the individual berths.
2017 skinny: Runner-up Kettle Moraine got shipped out. Mequon Homestead was brought back in. But everyone is still chasing defending state champion Hartland Arrowhead, which placed four golfers in the top seven at regionals, shot 320 and beat Homestead (338) to take the team title. They are still the two teams to beat, although Kaukauna could make it interesting if it can get a fourth score under 90 and one of the two favorites should falter. Individually, the battle between Arrowhead junior Emily Lauterbach, a University of Wisconsin commit, and Wofford-bound Speedy Kent and UW-Green Bay recruit Isabelle Maleki of Mequon Homestead could turn into a spirited one on a solid layout at Rolling Meadows.
Projected state team qualifiers: Hartland Arrowhead, Mequon Homestead.
Projected state individual qualifiers: Elise Hoven, Cedarburg; Sydney Steinmetz, Oshkosh West; Emma Moore, Kaukauna.
When, where: 9 a.m. Wednesday at Edelweiss Chalet CC, New Glarus.
Teams: Madison West, Middleton, Monona Grove, Oregon, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona, Waunakee.
Individuals: Isabelle Manzetti, DeForest; Cassidy Schnell, DeForest; Lynzy Schnell, DeForest; Bridget McCarthy, Madison Memorial; Nikki Stubbe, McFarland; Anna Davidson, Portage; Sophie Denure, Portage; Caylee Beyer, Reedsburg.
2016 story: Middleton's Alexis Thomas (71) outdistanced future North Dakota State teammate Taylor McCorkle (79) to win its own sectional at Blackhawk CC in Madison. The tight, demanding layout played decidedly to the Cardinals' favor as all five of their golfers broke 90 and finished in the top 10 as Middleton won with a 322 total — 47 shots better than Oregon (369), which edged Verona (371) for the second state berth. Defending state champion Ashley Kulka of Beaver Dam (82), Verona junior Lauren Shorter (84) and Stoughton senior Kelsey Taebel (86) also qualified for state individually.
2017 skinny: For the first time since the 2015 sectional, Middleton will not be hosting a leg of the WIAA tournament, but it might not matter. The Cardinals have a solid 1-2 punch in senior Payton Hodson, a Valparaiso recruit, and sophomore Kate Meier, but the back of their lineup has not been as strong as it has been in recent years. All the same, Verona hasn't been able to catch Middleton, falling two strokes shy at the Big Eight Conference meet and finishing third behind Middleton and Madison West at the Middleton regional. The Wildcats also have a great 1-2 punch in Courtney and Lauren Shorter, who finished 1-2 at the Big Eight meet. But Edelweiss Chalet CC has only been their primary home course for the last two seasons so it remains to be seen what kind of edge it provides them with state tournament berths on the line.
Projected state team qualifiers: Middleton, Verona.
Projected state individual qualifiers: Andi McCorkle, Oregon; Klaire O'Reilly-Dye, Monona Grove; Bre Viken, Stoughton.
When, where: 9 a.m. Tuesday at Edgewood GC, Big Bend (Pines).
Teams: Badger (Lake Geneva), Fort Atkinson, Janesville Parker, Kettle Moraine, Milton, Mukwonago, Union Grove, Waterford.
Individuals: Chloe Day, Beloit Memorial; Kay Kafar, Burlington; Kallie Lux, Janesville Craig; Morgan Christoph, Janesville Craig; Sammy Pfister, Pewaukee; Cameron Kaehler, Pewaukee; Josie Minz, Waukesha South co-op; Keegan Destree, Wilmot.
2016 story: Milton junior Mia Seeman shot 77 to share medalist honors with Waukesha Catholic Memorial junior Sydney Brandt and lead the Red Hawks (336) to the team title at the Wilmot sectional at Brighton Dale Links in Kansasville. Milton also counted an 81 from sophomore Taylor Hakala, an 88 from senior Leah Foster and a 90 from freshman Claudia Seeman. Union Grove (356), behind senior Shara Schuster (79), edged Janesville Parker (358) for the second state berth.
2017 skinny: Milton returns four of the give golfers from last year's sectional championship team that went on to tie for sixth at the state tournament, but the Red Hawks will have their hands full with Kettle Moraine team that moved into the sectional this fall after finishing eighth at the WIAA state meet a year ago. They are heavy favorites to grab the two state berths, but Mukwonago and Union Grove are each one sub-90 score away from possibly contending if the two front-runners falter. Milton's Mia Seeman and Taylor Hakala and Kettle Moraine's Abby Cavaiani and Madeline Koenig will not only play key roles in which of their teams win the team title, but the four are also leading contenders in the battle for medalist honors.
Projected state team qualifiers: Kettle Moraine, Milton.
Projected state individual qualifiers: Holly Murphy, Lake Geneva Badger; Sophia Dooman, Janesville Parker; Hannah Schulz, Mukwonago.
Brookfield Central sectional
When, where: 9 a.m. Tuesday at Wanaki GC, Menomonee Falls.
Teams: Brookfield Central, Brookfield East, Divine Savior Holy Angles (Milwaukee), Franklin, Kenosha Tremper, Oak Creek, Racine Case, Whitefish Bay.
Individuals: Jackie Labbe, Kenosha Bradford/Reuther; Cosette Shefelker, Menomonee Falls; Bella Dory, Memononee Falls; Andrea Grondal, New Berlin Eisenhower/West; Hannah Stone, Racine Horlick; Samm Cuellar, Racine Park; Allie Boeckman, Wauwatosa East/West; Rachel Kauflin, Wauwatosa East/West.
2016 story: The tightest sectional in the state produced the drama everyone expected as Mequon Homestead (331) edged Franklin (333) and Brookfield Central (333) for the team title. Brookfield Central won a one-hole playoff over the Sabers 14-15 for the second state berth. It took a 1-under-par 69 from medalist Speedy Kent at Mee-Kwon Park GC for the Highlanders to pull out the title. Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels junior Lorenza Martinez (74) earned one state berth and Franklin junior Courtney Matschke (80) and Hailey Smoot (81) claimed the other two.
2017 skinny: Defending sectional champion Homestead was moved to the Fond du Lac sectional for the 2017 tournament run, leaving Brookfield Central and Franklin to duke it out for the team title at Wanaki. Brookfield Central placed its four scoring golfers in the top six at the Menomonee Falls regional at Silver Spring G&CC, led by seniors Sophia Sun (76) and Emma Whitfield (78), while Franklin placed all five of its golfers in the top eight, led by medalist Courtney Matschke (76) and runner-up Mallory Swartz (79) to win their own regional at Muskego Lakes CC by 64 strokes over Oak Creek. Lorenza Martinez of Milwaukee DSHA, who tied for fourth at last year's state meet, returns to defend her sectional title.
Projected state team qualifiers: Brookfield Central, Franklin.
Projected state individual qualifiers: Lorenza Martinez, Milwaukee DSHA; Rachel Kauflin, Wauwatosa East/West; Anouska Siva, Brookfield East.