Holly Murphy, Lake Geneva Badger

Holly Murphy, Lake Geneva Badger

When Holly Murphy first started paying attention to the many highways and byways college golf's spider web-like road map, the Lake Geneva Badger senior couldn't help but notice the well-traveled path from Wisconsin to North Dakota State in Fargo.

"When I saw some amazing players from my state commit to play college golf there," Murphy wrote in an email interview of Oregon's Taylor McCorkle, Middleton's Alexis Thomas and North Prairie's Katelyn Martin on the women's team and Green Bay's Jed Baranczyk on the men's team, "I really started to consider going there."

In the end, Murphy said, her decision wasn't much of one. It boiled down to North Dakota State and "some Ivy League schools" and the Bison won that battle in a stampede.

"NDSU was the total package for me and it just felt right," wrote Murphy, ranked No. 3 in the Wisconsin.golf girls Class of 2020. "Playing college golf has been a goal of mine since I started playing. ... I went out for a visit at NDSU in March and fell in love with the program, school, and the coach. Coach (Matt) Johnson is running such an amazing program so I can’t wait to be apart of it!!"

A two-time WIAA Division 1 state qualifier, Murphy finished tied for eighth at the state tournament as a sophomore and 10th as a junior. Last fall, she shot 74 on the Highlands Course at Grand Geneva Resort and won the sectional title by seven strokes after winning the regional title at Janesville Riverside Golf Course with the same score.

Murphy, who set the school scoring record as a sophomore when she shot 72 at the Brian Schroeder Memorial Invitational at Wanaki GC in Menomonee Falls, went on to win 2017 Southern Lakes Conference Championship after finishing third as a freshman. Last fall, she finished second when the event was shortened to nine holes because of bad weather.

Last week, Murphy won her sixth career event on the WPGA Junior Tour, shooting a 3-under-par 69 to win the 32nd stop on the 2019 schedule. She also finished fourth last month at the Sherri Steinhauer Invitational and, earlier this summer, placed eighth at the Lake Arrowhead Invitational.

Murphy, who would like to work in government after graduating college, said she was drawn to NDSU by the quality of its academic programs in addition to the success of its athletic programs and its "school spirit." She also liked the Bison's schedule, which in 2019-20 will take them to six western states, including two stops in Arizona.

"I see myself working really hard to help contribute to the team's success in the coming years," Murphy wrote of her expectations once she gets to NDSU next fall. "It’s no secret that North Dakota is among the coldest states in the U.S. so it is going to be expected that I am able to overcome the cold weather and continue to grow and improve with my game throughout the entirety of the year. NDSU has an amazing indoor facility to help me work on all aspects of my game and I am so excited to get to work!!"

Girls Class of 2020

UPDATED July 2019 | The Wisconsin.Golf class-by-class rankings are compiled by digital editor Rob Hernandez based on an analysis of tournament results and overall impact of golfers within their class. Opinions and insight on golfers in this class are welcome and will be used for future rankings; updates on college decisions are also welcome. They can be shared via email at robhernandezdotgolf@gmail.com.  

No. First name Last name High School College Nov.
1 Rachel Kauflin Wauwatosa East/West Central Michigan 1 5 6
Mallory Swartz Franklin Bowling Green (Ohio) 2 3 7
3 Holly Murphy Lake Geneva Badger North Dakota State 2 1 4
4 Kate Meier Middleton Loyola (Ill.) 4 4 2
5 Grace Welch Madison Edgewood UW-Green Bay 5 2 1
6 Myranda Kotlowski Stoughton 12 13 NR
7 Meredith Boos Waukesha Catholic Memorial Montana 15 NR NR
8 Sami Krutz Brookfield Central 6 NR NR
9 Grace Suter Oconomowoc 7 20 NR
10 Kiernan Smith Maple Northwestern 9 NR NR
11 Sadie Kelly Pulaski 20 NR NR
12 Julia Schilling Kettle Moraine 8 8 NR
13 Carly Moon Baraboo Winona (Minn.) State 18 NR NR
14 Claudia Seeman Milton Will not play 10 6 3
15 Andrea Schleeper Verona UW-La Crosse NR
16 Rylie Severson Ashwaubenon Winona (Minn.) State 13 NR NR
17 Anaka Leske Madison Edgewood 32 18 15
18 Jessica Hagman New Richmond Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) 11 7 5
19 Hannah Harper River Falls 30 17 13
20 Abby Nickel Stevens Point 14 24 NR
21 Ellie Kaiser Hartland Arrowhead 16 NR NR
22 Ellie Schneider De Pere 17 NR NR
23 Maddie Wilke Cedarburg 26 NR NR
24 Ellie Craig Mukwonago 19 9 8
25 Ariel Heuer Fall Creek 31 NR NR
26 Haley Myers Somerset UW-Whitewater 23 11 NR
27 Anna Cesarz Milwaukee DSHA 35 21 NR
28 Isabelle Gaudion Kettle Moraine NR
29 Abby DeMoe Colfax 24 12 10
30 Sara Nerad Janesville Craig 25 22 NR
31 Cadie Ash Waupaca 28 NR NR
32 Brooke Ehle Waunakee 27 14 NR
33 Emma Onesti Green Bay Preble 29 NR NR
34 Sydney O'Hearn Sun Prairie 21 NR NR
35 Makenzie Hodson Middleton 22 19 NR
36 Rylee Haines Arcadia 33 23 9
37 Kady Cawley Kettle Moraine 34 10 NR
38 Alyssa Dreher Kewaskum/Campbellsport 36 NR NR
39 Caitlyn Ott Verona 37 15 NR
40 Amanda Ruona Hartford 38 16 NR
HM Anna Krieski Reedsburg Winona (Minn.) State NR NR NR

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