2021 WIAA B Golf | Tyler Schick, Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie West senior Tyler Schick will play his college golf at NCAA Division III Lake Forest College in Illinois. 

Tyler Schick's his-and-hers campus visits to Lake Forest College in Illinois were critical to his decision to play college golf for the NCAA Division III Foresters. And why not? 

If the picturesque, 166-year-old liberal arts school located just north of Chicago and a half-mile from Lake Michigan could pass independent tests for Mom and Dad, surely the Sun Prairie East senior could see himself spending the next four years there. 

"I determined that I wanted to go to a school where I can go in and make a difference as a freshman, compete for conference and national championships, and where I can continue to improve," Schick worte in an email interview with Wisconsin.Golf. "This led me to Lake Forest and the D-III level because I feel it allows me to best maximize what I am getting out of my college experience."

Indeed, Schick focused his college search on small schools in Wisconsin and Illinois and chose Lake Forest over six other NCAA Division III schools — UW-Stout in Menomonie, UW-Superior, Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, Elmhurst (Ill.) University, Carthage College in Kenosha and Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. He figures to be among the golfers in the mix for playing time this fall when the Foresters are tasked with likely needing to replace four departed seniors, including two of the top five scorers during the fall season.

One of those seniors is Greendale's James Johnson. Schick, who is No. 30 in Wisconsin.Golf's boys Class of 2023 state rankings, will join current junior Marty Swab of Menomonee Falls on the roster for Foresters coach Brian Bruha, a Hillsboro native who has been the team's coach since its return to varsity status in 2014.

Lake Forest, which hadn't competed at the varsity level since 1972, finished seventh at the Midwest Conference Championship in first season back in 2014-15. Since then, the Foresters have won two conference championships and finished second three times, most recently last spring in their third season in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

"This was something that greatly impacted my decision," Schick wrote. "The program has consistently improved every year as of late, and is primed to continue to improve and experience new successes, which I'm excited to be a part of. When I visited and spent time with the team, their chemistry seemed off-the-charts good as they're all incredibly close on and off the course."

That vibe extended to the connection Bruha made with Schick and his family on two separate visits in August and October.

Tyler Schick | Sun Prairie East

Tyler Schick (front right) poses for a photo after signing his intent to enroll at Lake Forest College this fall.

"The first visit I took during the summer, I went with my mom and it was just myself, Coach Bruha and her," Tyler Schick wrote. "It was my first time on campus and my first-ever college visit. ... We talked about golf, school, what was important to me, career plans, my future both at and after Lake Forest and, most importantly, life with Coach Bruha. This is when Coach Bruha really stood out to me and impressed me. It was clear I was wanted not only for my golf, but for my qualities as a person. 

"My second visit, I went down with my dad. I had lunch with the team and got to know some of them, and they gave me another tour around campus and showed me what life was like as a Forester, while my dad talked with Coach Bruha. I then joind my dad and Coach Bruha and continued talking about my goals for college, golf and life. This was the visit when I really knew this was where I wanted to be."

Schick, who plans to major in Business Management or Business Administration, has aspirations of teaching or coaching golf one day. He has taught himself the merits of patience and perseverance during a bumpy high school career.

After his freshman season was canceled due to COVID-19, denying him the chance to learn from seniors who would themselves go on to play college golf, Schick won a WIAA Division 1 regional title and qualified individually for the state championship, where he finished T-66 as a sophomroe at Wild Rock GC in Wisconsin Dells. Last season, Schick struggled at the WIAA regional, placing 18th, and the 79 he shot at the sectional earned him a T-15 finish, four shots shy of a state berth.

He bounced back, however, last summer in just his third year competing in WPGA Junior Tour events. His resume was equal parts consistent and resilient.

Schick never shot lower than 79, but no higher than 82 at the the WPGA Junior Championship (79-79) and the Dells Junior Championship (80-82), two of the state's biggest events to open his summer schedule. But his remarkable turnaround at the 2022 College Showcase, where he opened with a 97 on the Irish Course at Whistling Straits but closed with a 79, showed the kind of mental fortitude that college coaches like Bruha covet.

"I want to win team conference and national titles, and I want to do the same thing individually," Schick wrote. "I want to continue to improve and see where my golf career takes me, which (is where) I see Coach Bruha helping and guiding me. ... Lake Forest is the right choice for me because it's the school that is going to best prepare me for my future and where I'm set up for the most success on the course, in the classroom and in life.

"I feel the most comfortable at Lake Forest. The campus is beautiful, the athletic facilities are excellent, the proximity to home is perfect and the team and Coach Bruha are the right fit for me. I am a big believer in Coach Bruha and his program and can't wait to become a part of it and keep chasing titles."

Boys Class of 2023

College selections on this list are updated regularly. To share updates on the decisions of high school seniors, including gap years and academic-only decisions, email Rob Hernandez at rob@killarneygolfmedia.com

Pos. First name Last name High school College Nov.
1, Mason Schmidtke Sheboygan North Marquette 1 7 10
2, Alex Koenig Kettle Moraine Wisconsin (academics) 3 1 3
3, Parker Etzel Eau Claire Memorial South Dakota 2 10 NR
4, Charlie Erlandson Madison Memorial 7 6 4
5, Alex Weiss Madison Edgewood Notre Dame (academics) 3 2 9
6, Rasmus Madsen Appleton North Nebraska (academics) 13 16 NR
tie, Hogan Miller Sheboygan North 11 NR NR
8, Winston Knobloch Winneconne Dodge City (Kans.) Community College 6 NR NR
9, Logan Suter Oconomowoc Will reclassify to gap-year 2024 20 20 NR
10, Nick Mueller St. Croix Central UW-Eau Claire 12 8 14
11, Bode King Hartland Arrowhead 9 3 6
12, Andrew Bauer Chippewa Falls McDonell/Eau Claire Regis UW-Stout 14 14 NR
13, Alwang Deang Madison Edgewood Wisconsin (academics) 5 5 1
tie, Spencer Lynch Menasha St. Mary's UW-Eau Claire 7 4 7
15, Zeke Boos Edgewood (Madison) NR NR NR
16, Matthew Marsollek River Falls UW-Parkside NR NR NR
17, Nick Buckman Cambridge UW-Stout 27 25 NR
18, Peter Hoeppner Waukesha North Asbury (Ky.) University 22 NR NR
19, Jackson Cross Milwaukee Marquette Boston College (academics) 10 21 NR
20, Ben Christenson Eau Claire Memorial 16 9 13
21, Blu Anderson Amery UW-Superior NR NR NR
22, Deegan Riley Milton Madison College 40 13 NR
23, Jack Weisenberger De Pere Missouri Western State 15 18 11
24, Ethan Kramer Onalaska 21 NR NR
25, Zack Zimmerman Verona NR NR NR
26, Sam Godager Madison Memorial Madison College 24 12 12
27, Conner Krach Newman (Wausau) 19 NR NR
28, Benjamin Biskupski Chippewa Falls McDonell/Eau Claire Regis Viterbo 23 23 NR
29, Grant Bauman Peshtigo Marquette (academics) 36 NR NR
30, Tyler Schick Sun Prairie Lake Forest (Ill.) 29 NR NR
31, Marco Bamrah Milwaukee Marquette Baylor University (academics) 18 19 NR
32, Hunter Thibert Homestead (Mequon) 25 NR NR
33, Wyatt Pfeiffer Fond du Lac Coe College (Iowa) 31 24 NR
34, Dawson Fish Xavier (Appleton) Whitman (Wash.) 37 NR NR
35, Emery Endres University School of Milwaukee NR NR NR
36, Ethan Oricchio Ellsworth NR NR NR
37, Xander Wuetrich Milton Nebraska (academics) 39 NR NR
38, Drew Sjowall Middleton UW-Stevens Point 29 NR NR
39, Reece Breitenbach Kohler 17 22 NR
40, Everett Schroeder Kohler NR NR NR
41, Grant Delsart Wrightstown Newman University (Kans.) 35 NR NR
42, Billy McCorkle Oregon Arizona (academics) NR NR NR
43, Finn Jackson Madison NR NR NR
44, Carson Kroll Mineral Point 30 NR NR
45, Henry Pickhardt Madison Memorial Madison College 38 NR NR
46, Kai Wong Beloit Memorial NR NR NR
47, Joey Simmons Hamilton (Sussex) Minnesota (academics) 33 NR NR
48, Robert Warda Middleton Minnesota State-Mankato (academics) 32 15 5
49, James Baker Middleton 33 NR NR
50, Steve Shorter Verona Wisconsin (academics) NR NR NR
tie, Landon Stanislowski Manitowoc UW-Green Bay (academics) NR NR NR
HM Jacob Brown Union Grove Madison College NR NR NR
HM Zach Koch Franklin Spring Arbor (Mich.) NR NR NR


Rob started covering the state's golf scene in 1987 at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison. He joined Killarney Golf Media in 2015 and helped develop Wisconsin.Golf's extensive coverage of junior, high school, college, amateur and pro golf.

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