2021 WIAA B Golf | Cole Fisher, E.C. Memorial

Eau Claire Memorial's Cole Fisher watches his tee shot at the 2021 WIAA Division 1 state tournament at Wild Rock GC in Wisconsin Dells.

There was something about his visit to Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) that felt a lot like home for Cole Fisher, so much so that it didn't take long for the Eau Claire Memorial golfer to cast his lot with the NCAA Division II Golden Bears.

The Old Abes senior made his campus visit in late September and, within a week, was on the phone with CSP coach Taylor Ramirez, telling her that he wanted to be a Golden Bear. Fisher chose CSP over Bemidji State (Minn.), the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) and Lake Superior State (Mich.).

"Concordia was the right choice because instantly after the visit I realized it felt like family, and it felt like a great spot to spend the next four years," Fisher wrote in a Twitter message to Wisconsin.Golf. "Most of the conversations were about my life and about how the golf is going to be. The thing that impressed me the most were all of the facilities that they have and how often you can use them.

"I love the smaller aspect about the campus and it made it feel more like home. Instantly, made it feel like home in the Twin Cities."

Fisher found a home in the Eau Claire Memorial lineup last spring, leading the Old Abes to their fourth WIAA Division 1 state tournament berth in five years. He shot 72 at the WIAA Superior regional to finish fourth behind freshman teammate Will Schlitz (68) and a 77 at the WIAA Wausau East sectional to finish T-10 before finishing his junior season with a T-23 finish at the WIAA state tournament, shooting 77-78 while the Old Abes finished 10th in the 16-team Division 1 field.

COVID-19 denied Fisher the chance to compete in the WIAA tournament series as a sophomore when the WIAA canceled all sports during the 2020 spring season due to the ongoing pandemic. However, he made the most of his opportunity in the Old Abes lineup this past spring, earning first-team all-Big Rivers Conference honors after finishing fifth in the season-long points standings.

"COVID definitely impacted my recruiting process because I missed the whole sophomore season and (it) took away from looks," wrote Fisher, a two-sport athlete at Memorial where he has also competed four seasons on the boys hockey team. 

Fisher was one of three golfers to sign their National Letters of Intent with CSP during the early signing period in November, joining River Falls' Trey Timm and Shattuck-St. Mary's Sean Hickey of Faribault, Minn.

"Cole Fisher is a well-rounded student-athlete with grit and confidence," Ramirez said in a statement on the school's athletics website. "He will bring strong leadership experience to the team from his time as his high school hockey captain. Cole is a great addition to our CSP golf family, I cannot wait to see what the next four years has in store for him and the program."

The Golden Bears are getting a low-mileage golfer whose best golf is likely ahead of him.

Fisher has competed in just five WPGA-sanctioned junior events over the last two years, winning a one-day event at Pheasant Hills GC in Hammond with a 74 in 2020. He finished T-90 (83-82) in his WPGA Junior Championship debut in 2020 and improved both days in 2021 (82-76) to finish T-71. He also bettered his finish at the WSGA Junior Championship in August at Reedsburg CC, shooting 78-80-77 to finish T-59 after finishing T-60 (85-80-85) at The Legend at Brandybrook GC in Wales in 2020.

However, Fisher shared a glimpse of his potential at a qualifier for the Wisconsin State Amateur in July when he shot 73 at Wausau CC to finish T-2 and earn one of nine berths. He shot 85-89 at Westmoor CC in Brookfield to miss the 36-hole cut, but served noticed he is willing to do the work needed to fight for a spot in a CSP program that only has one senior on its 2021-22 roster.

"I hope to do as much as possible to help the team win," wrote Fisher, a future Marketing major who can't wait to work with Ramirez in taking his game to the next level. "She will help me with swing tweaks and give me lots of advice. I just hope to help win at all costs."

Boys Class of 2022

College selections on this list are updated regularly. To share updates on the decisions of high school seniors, email Rob Hernandez at rob@killarneygolfmedia.com

No. First name Last name School College Nov.
1, Nomm Kaeden Lakeland (Minocqua) South Carolina-Aiken 1 6 4 4
2, Sebastian Kasun Milwaukee Marquette Loyola (Ill.) 4 10 NR NR
3, Trent Meyer Maple Northwestern UW-Green Bay 9 NR NR NR
4 Michael Addie Hamilton (Sussex) 11 NR NR NR
5, Max Reis West De Pere UW-Green Bay 2 4 2 1
tie, Griffin Oberneder Beloit Memorial 12 22 NR NR
7, Alec Sosnowski Middleton UW-Eau Claire 18 NR NR NR
8, Noah Kirsch Lancaster IUPUI 10 7 7 3
9, Will Summers Slinger 19 9 6 6
10, Caden Jacobson Lake Delton (IMG Academy) UW-Green Bay 20 5 5 11
11, Ryan Darling Green Bay Notre Dame Minnesota State-Mankato 6 3 3 9
12, Luke Ladd Mequon Homestead 14 NR NR NR
13, Will Hemauer Milwaukee Marquette 3 2 NR NR
14, Trey Oswald Orfordville Parkview 17 8 15 NR
15, Max Brud Waunakee NR NR NR NR
16, Ben Soboleski Wauwatosa East/West 16 16 11 5
17, Jakson Jazgar Ashwaubenon 15 NR NR NR
18, Tyler Johnson Berlin Winona (Minn.) State 34 NR NR NR
19, Owen Gardner University School (Milwaukee) 38 NR NR NR
20, Sam Sonsalla Brookfield Central 37 NR NR NR
21, Hayden LeMonds Milwaukee Marquette 5 1 1 2
22, Joe Fricker Mequon Homestead 7 24 NR NR
23, Luke Lafond Bay Port 24 13 13 NR
24, Cole Fisher Eau Claire Memorial Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) HM NR NR NR
25, Jacob Frederickson Monona Grove Edgewood College 13 14 8 15
26, Ashton Haupt West De Pere NR NR NR NR
27, Jack Glaspy Pewaukee NR NR NR NR
28, Brendan Lemery Appleton North 26 NR NR NR
29, Grant Wieczorek Hartland Arrowhead 30 NR NR NR
30, Joshua Draheim Xavier (Appleton) NR NR NR NR
tie, Matthew Draheim Xavier (Appleton) NR NR NR NR
tie, Ryan Draheim Xavier (Appleton) NR NR NR NR
33, Alex Buckoski Kaukauna 23 12 NR NR
34, Peter Haideman Arrowhead (Hartland) NR NR NR NR
35, Ben Hilbelink Menomonee Falls Notre Dame (academics) 22 11 NR NR
36, Finn Somers Wauwatosa East/West 8 25 NR NR
37, Kelten Hermanson Marinette 32 25 NR NR
38, Noah Gage Marathon NR NR NR NR
39, Mike Antonelli Black River Falls NR NR NR NR
40, Sam Mehlberg De Pere NR NR NR NR
41, Gabriel Fernandez Delaifeld St. John's NR NR NR NR
42, Brady Callmer Edgerton NR NR NR NR
43, Tyler Bradley Dodgeville 27 NR NR NR
44, Joe Bartels Hudson NR NR NR NR
45, Trey Kretz Marinette NR NR NR NR
46, John Callahan Neenah NR NR NR NR
47, Sam Dobbins La Crosse Aquinas Viterbo University NR NR NR NR
48, Luke Capstran Oak Creek Wisconsin Lutheran College NR NR NR NR
49, Garret Sigl Seymour 33 NR NR NR
50, Sam Hurley Ashwaubenon 36 NR NR NR
HM TJ Walton Badger (Lake Geneva) Carroll University 31 15 14 10

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