Stanford Swid

Weston’s Stanford Swid lines up this putt during the 2019 WSGA Junior Boys Championship played at Edelweiss Chalet CC in New Glarus.

Stanford Swid saw a lot of himself in Winona (Minn.) State men's golf coach Jeff Straight on his visit to the NCAA Division II school earlier this year.

That made it easier for the Mosinee senior to see himself spending the next four years along the Mississippi River on the Winona State campus.

Swid recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Warriors next fall. He told he was also considering Division II Bemidji (Minn.) State, Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) and Ferris State (Mich.) and Division III power St. Thomas (Minn.) before casting his lot with Winona State.

Academically, Swid plans to major in business. He is the third generation in a business family, takes business classes at Mosinee and is president of his DECA (Distributive Education Club of America) club at his school.

"I was looking for a school where I could continue my academics on my career path, as well as to play for a super competitive team," Swid wrote in an email interview with recently. "Coach Straight is very competitive and has high standards. I am very competitive myself, so I was intrigued to find a coach with the same passion that I had."

Swid, a two-time WIAA Division 2 sectional qualifier, broke through last spring and qualified for the state tournament at University Ridge in Madison. There, he shot 76 and was tied for seventh after the opening round before struggling to a 10-over 46 in the rain-shortened second round to finish tied for 24th.

Earlier in the spring, Swid won the Iola-Scandinavia Invitational on the Irish Course at Whistling Straits with a 75. He broke 80 in five of the seven legs of the Great Northern Conference tournament with a low of 70 at Bass Lake Country Club in Antigo.

This past summer, Swid played in eight WPGA Junior points events and got better the deeper he went into his schedule. He enjoyed a pair of top-three finishes in one-day WPGA Junior Tour events in between a tie for 22nd at The Dells Junior Golf Championship, a tie for 50th at the WSGA Junior Boys Championship at Edelweiss Chalet Country Club in New Glarus and a tie for 12th at the one-day, 36-hole WPGA Players Tour event at Dretzka Park Golf Course in Milwaukee.

Winona State will graduated four golfers off its 12-player roster after this season, including Wisconsin natives Tyler Beeck (Sheboygan Falls) and Bentley Glass (Fort Atkinson). Swid, one of three golfers Straight signed in the early signing period, will join Reedsburg's Dylan Brown on the roster.

"Stanford is relatively new to golf as he started in just his freshman year of high school," Straight said in a statement. "Since that time, his game has improved greatly each year. Stanford is driven to improve and has very high character. As a hockey player, Stanford will be following in the footsteps of ... Dylan Brown, who was another star two-sport athlete from Wisconsin."

For his part, Swid is set on making an immediate impact on and off the course.

"I plan to go into Winona and compete," Swid wrote. "I want to be the best teammate possible in order for our team to be the best we can be. The expectation is to play well week in and week out. The tradition and expectation have been to win conference championships and compete for national championships. Throughout my summers, I am going to continue playing tournaments to make sure my game is ready and in good shape."

Boys Class of 2020

No. First name Last name High school College July
1, Piercen Hunt Hartland Arrowhead Illinois 1 1 1
2, Cameron Huss Kenosha Tremper Wisconsin 4 4 4
3, Drake Wilcox Sheboygan Lutheran Queens (N.C.) University 5 3 2
4, Jamozzy Skenandore West De Pere 6 13 7
5, Russell Dettmering Merrill 2 5 8
6, Kyle Bengtson Lakeland (Minocqua) UW-Green Bay 7 10 12
7, Jack Lutze Milwaukee Marquette 3 2 3
8, Sam Nielsen Fond du Lac 19 14 15
9, Austin Erickson Sparta Iowa Central CC 8 27 NR
10, Karl Gilmore Madison Edgewood 14 16 17
11, Josh Teplin Mequon Homestead 9 17 13
12, Simon Cuskey Rice Lake Minnesota State-Mankato 16 8 10
13, Marty Swab Menomonee Falls Lake Forest (Ill.) 10 9 6
14, Brice Klabunde Cameron Viterbo University 26 30 NR
15, Tommy Kriewaldt Middleton 11 9 24
16, Ansen Nomm Lakeland (Minocqua) 15 24 18
17, Carson Brock Holmen UW-Eau Claire 23 31 NR
18, Logan Lillehaug Luck/Frederic 13 6 11
19, Preston Cedergren Bay Port Nebraska-Omaha 20 7 9
20, Charlie Somers Wauwatosa East/West 18 NR NR
21, Kip Sullivan Middleton 17 15 NR
22, Mickey Keating Sun Prairie 31 28 NR
23, Ben Monty Wauwatosa East/West 21 21 NR
24, Paul Lynch Westosha Central 12 12 5
25, Liam More O'Ferrall Milwaukee Marquette 22 NR NR
26, Nolan Wagner Hudson NR NR NR
27, Jack Summers Slinger 29 20 NR
28, Aiden Duchelle Slinger 30 NR NR
29, Jacob Decker Appleton East 28 NR NR
30, Simon Mitchell Mineral Point Iowa Central CC 35 32 NR
31, Travis Bentley Pewaukee
32, Stanford Swid Mosinee Winona (Minn.) State 32 NR NR
33, Carson Frisch Middleton 24 18 25
34, Josh Koszarek Waterford 27 29 NR
35, Mark Schaefer Wauwatosa East/West 25 NR NR
36, Jonah Duwell Fond du Lac NR NR NR
37, Spencer Tank Mequon Homestead 36 26 NR
38, Carter Parent Lake Geneva Badger 37 23 16
39, Dan Soboleski Wauwatosa East/West 39 NR NR
40, Ben Gilkay Appleton East 40 NR NR
41, Jake Collins Minocqua Lakeland NR NR NR
42, Bryce Pautz Roncalli (Manitowoc) NR NR NR
43, Joel Meglic Green Bay Notre Dame NR NR NR
44, Alex Borgen Neenah 33 39 NR
45, Austin Lietha Columbus 34 NR
46, Ryan Batterman Sun Prairie NR NR NR
47, Dane Hinz Baraboo NR NR NR
48, Kadin Kleman Janesville Parker NR NR NR
49, Drew Jeffery Cambridge NR NR NR
50, Cale Rufenacht Verona NR NR NR

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