The end of the road that Haley Prudhomme sees in front of her is ambitious, to say the least.
"My ... academic goal is to triple major in Accounting, Finance and Economics with the goal of going to law school and becoming a tax attorney," the Menomonee Falls senior wrote in an email interview with Wisconsin.Golf.
"I would love to maybe go to Stanford Law School."
In the meantime, Prudhomme will take the first step in her journey this fall at Carthage College in Kenosha. When she isn't rolling up her academic sleeves and focusing on her lofty academic goals, she will play golf for coach Brandy Johnston and explore her potential in a strong NCAA Division III program.
Prudhomme, who said she also considered applying to UW-Eau Claire, knows that road might be steep at the outset. At No. 49 in the Wisconsin.Golf girls Class of 2021 state rankings, her resume might not be as polished as others in her class going on to play college golf. Well, not yet.
"I don't know if I'll necessarily be a part of the starters my freshman year, but I hope to grow not only as a golfer, but as a person and eventually work my way up to being a golfer (Johnston) can rely on," Prudhomme wrote. "I have a strong work ethic to reach my aspirations and I hope that I will be able to achieve all my goals athletically and academically at Carthage."
Besides, four years ago Prudhomme barely entertained the idea of playing golf at the high school level, let alone in college. She described herself as a "highly competitive" figure skater, competing from age 6 until her freshman year when injuries led her to consider taking up other sports in high school.
"I took up the sport of golf due to encouragement from Coach (Brian) Scrobel, who most people know as Brookfield Central's varsity coach," Prudhomme wrote. "I am friends with his daughter (Maggie) so I decided why not? I put in (the) work ... and soon enough, I fell in love with the sport and began to put my full effort into practicing (and) started playing in summer tournaments."
Prudhomme played in her first WPGA Junior Tour event in 2019. Last summer, she competed in 18 events between the EPEC Milwaukee County Par-3 Tour, the Tour Edge Milwaukee County Junior Series and the WPGA Junior Tour, showing a glimpse of her promise at the Sherri Steinhauer in Madison, where she broke 100 both days (96-98) and finished 68th out of 81 golfers.
As a senior for Menomonee Falls, she improved 41 strokes over her junior season in the season-long Greater Metro Conference standings. She shot 101 at the GMC Championship, a 16-stroke improvement over her junior season, and — in her first taste of WIAA postseason competition — shot 100 at the WIAA Division 1 Glendale Nicolet regional at Brown Deer Park Golf Course to finish 25th out of 40 golfers but miss qualifying for sectionals by seven strokes.
"In one of my lessons with (instructor) Paul Mindel at Swing Time (Golf Range in Germantown), I brought up possibly playing at Carthage," Prudhomme wrote. "He said that Brandy was a great coach and person. He also felt that I would be a good fit there under the guidance of Coach Johnston, which helped me feel even more confident in my decision."
A campus visit to Carthage in July only reinforced to Prudhomme that Carthage would help her accomplish the goals she has for herself on and off the golf course.
"The visit was nice because I got to see a lot of things around the campus and got to see (Lake Michigan) in the summertime," Prudhomme wrote. "What impressed me about the school was how the school may be on the smaller size, but it didn’t feel super tiny. Also, I was really impressed with their career center and the opportunities that it provides for the students.
"The golf program was really impressive with their indoor practice facility and how Coach Johnston has opportunities for playing time for the girls on the golf team that are not necessarily starters and how she gives opportunities for people to earn a starting position."