Haley Prudhomme, Menomonee Falls

Haley Prudhomme, Menomonee Falls

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."

Girls Class of 2021

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 High school Nov.
1, Jo Baranczyk Bay Port 1 1 1 1 North Dakota State
tie, Grace Suter Oconomowoc 6* 9* 7* 20* Loyola (Ill.)
3, Elise Hoven Cedarburg 2 2 2 2 North Dakota State
4, Caylie Kotlowski Stoughton 3 3 3 5 UW-Green Bay
5, Kallie Lux Janesville Craig 6 9 4 3 UW-Whitewater
6, Glenna Sanderson Middleton 4 8 8 NR TBA (academics)
7, Jolie Guyette De Pere 8 5 25 NR Mesa (Ariz.) CC
8, Reagan Stuke Kettle Moraine 10 17 NR NR Tennessee Tech
9, Paige Hillman Hudson 5 NR NR NR Sioux Falls (S.D.)
10, Amanda Karvala New Berlin Eisenhower 13 7 15 NR Waldorf (Iowa)
11, Alyssa Schmidt Oregon 7 21 11 NR Taylor (Ind.)
12, Ellie Behring Oak Creek 12 11 20 15 Winona (Minn.) State
13, Grace Miller Oshkosh North 11 NR NR NR Palm Beach Atlantic (academics)
14, Lauren Haen Appleton Xavier 15 12 9 10 UW-La Crosse
15, Sydney Grimm Waunakee 23 24 24 NR UW-Stout
16, Aly Kinzel Waunakee 18 14 7 4 South Carolina (club golf)
17, Jilli Newman Madison Memorial 40 NR NR NR Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)
18, Kyley Wipper Brookfield Central 27 NR NR NR TBA (academics)
19, Maya Heckmann Lakeside Lutheran 16 10 14 13 Grand Canyon University (academics)
20, Faith Flynn Green Bay NEW Luth. 9 NR NR NR UW-Green Bay (academics)
21, Madeline Kiley Kimberly 30 NR NR NR UW-Stout
tie, Grace Weiss Milton/Shattuck St. Mary's 24 18 NR NR St. Norbert
22, Bridget McCarthy Madison Memorial 34 25 25 18 UW-La Crosse
24, Ashley Stanislawski Catholic Memorial 29 NR NR NR TBA (academics)
25, Jaden Woiwode River Falls 26 NR NR NR UW-Eau Claire
26, Veronica Parco Union Grove 20 13 12 19 Wisconsin (academics)
27, Zjeneexa Vang Sheboygan North/South 17 NR NR NR TBA (academics)
28, CJ Romero Brookfield Central 21 NR NR NR Northern Michigan (basketball)
29, Kylie Lanza Hartland Arrowhead 22 NR NR NR Boston College (academics)
30, Erin Rosencrantz Brookfield Central 28 NR NR NR UW-La Crosse
31, Isa Pierri Glendale Nicolet 36 6 16 NR
32, Amber Nguyen Onalaska 38 20 10 8
33, Jada Chang Hartland Arrowhead 31 NR NR NR
34, Natalie Hoege Waunakee NR NR NR NR Carthage College
35, Reagan Moisson Milton NR NR NR NR TBA (academics)
36, Allie Gosenheimer Brookfield Central NR NR NR NR
37, Grace Jaeger Madison Edgewood 25 15 6 9
38, Claire Fugate Franklin NR NR NR NR
39, Caitlyn Hegenbarth Madison Edgewood 14 4 5 6 TBA (academics)
40, Jackie Wallin Ladysmith NR NR NR NR
41, Courtney Draeger Jefferson 32 NR NR NR Viterbo University
42, Ana Kielley Madison Memorial 33 NR NR NR
43, Taylor Peper Sheboygan North/South 19 NR NR NR TBA (academics)
44, Sophie Denure Portage 39 23 23 NR UW-La Crosse
45, Izzie Mort Whitefish Bay 35 16 21 16
46, Leah Minchk Muskego 37 19 NR NR
47, Jasmine Yang Wausau East/West NR NR NR NR
48, Megan Bonikowske Stevens Point NR NR NR NR UW-Stevens Point
49, Haley Prudhomme Menomonee Falls NR NR NR NR Carthage College
50, Brooke Vandeberg Appleton North NR NR NR NR
HM Zoey Cruz-Eisenbraun Sun Prairie NR NR NR 17 Marian University
* = Class of 2020

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