Sydney O'Hearn, Sun Prairie HS | UW-Whitewater | NCAA Division III

Sydney O'Hearn, Sun Prairie HS | UW-Whitewater | NCAA Division III

A trip to the University of Wisconsin women's golf camp in Madison last July opened a door for Sydney O'Hearn that she never knew existed, one that will take the Sun Prairie senior to NCAA Division III UW-Whitewater this fall.

"I was unaware of Coach (Andrea) Wieland's interest until the overnight Golf Camp in late July," O'Hearn wrote in an email interview with Wisconsin.Golf. "During the camp, we were able to build a good bond that continued to grow after the camp. ... We started to communicate more and were soon able to have calls and I was able to fit in a (campus) visit during our busy schedules. In those calls and during that visit, Wieland opened my eyes to the opportunities available to me at Whitewater."

Academically and athletically, Whitewater offered O'Hearn everything she wanted in a school. She recently signed an intent to enroll at the school, choosing the three-time defending WIAC champion Warhawks over interest from Carthage College in Kenosha and UW-La Crosse.

O'Hearn, a three-time WIAA Division 1 sectional qualifier, missed out on state berths as a junior by three shots and as a senior by one shot. She placed ninth at the Big Eight Conference Championship last fall after finishing eighth as a junior.

"Playing golf in college has always been a big goal of mine since I was a freshman, but the academic aspect was much more important to me," wrote O'Hearn, who plans to major in physical education with a focus on sports administration and an eye toward becoming an athletic director. "I was contacted by several college coaches. However, they didn't have my degree so I decided to rule those schools out immediately."

O'Hearn is the third Wisconsin golfer in the Class of 2020 to cast her lot with Whitewater, joining Somerset's Haley Myers and Maple Northwestern's Kiernan Smith. That group follows a beefy 2019 recruiting class in which the Warhawks added five freshmen to their 13-player roster.

"The ultimate goal is to make it on the top (five); however, I understand that there are many great golfers in the program and it will take a lot of hard work to obtain that goal," O'Hearn wrote. "Although being in the top five would be great, next year I want to focus on growing and gaining more experience out on the course and getting to know my teammates better. With Whitewater being a competitive and successful team, it is expected of them to continue performing at that high (level). As I grow as a player, the goal is to contribute to that success and hopefully help the team continue to work its way up the rankings."

Girls Class of 2020

No. First name Last name High School College July
1, Rachel Kauflin Wauwatosa East/West Central Michigan T1 1 5 6
2, Mallory Swartz Franklin Bowling Green (Ohio) T1 2 3 7
3, Kate Meier Middleton Loyola (Ill.) 4 4 4 2
4, Grace Welch Madison Edgewood UW-Green Bay 5 5 2 1
5, Myranda Kotlowski Stoughton 6 12 13 NR
6, Grace Suter Oconomowoc 9 7 20 NR
7, Sami Krutz Brookfield Central TBA (academics) 8 6 NR NR
8, Sadie Kelley Pulaski Colorado-Mesa 11 20 NR NR
9, Meredith Boos Waukesha Catholic Memorial Montana 7 15 NR NR
10, Holly Murphy Lake Geneva Badger North Dakota State 3 2 1 4
11, Jessica Hagman New Richmond Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) 18 11 7 5
12, Julia Schilling Kettle Moraine TBA (academics) 12 8 8 NR
13, Ariel Heuer Fall Creek 25 31 NR NR
14, Kiernan Smith Maple Northwestern UW-Whitewater 10 9 NR NR
15, Abby Nickel Stevens Point 20 14 24 NR
16, Carly Moon Baraboo Winona (Minn.) State 13 18 NR NR
17, Andrea Schleeper Verona UW-La Crosse 15 NR NR NR
18, Rylie Severson Ashwaubenon Winona (Minn.) State 16 13 NR NR
19, Ellie Kaiser Hartland Arrowhead 21 16 NR NR
20, Makenzie Hodson Middleton St. Mary's-Minn. (academics) 35 22 19 NR
21, Anna Cesarz Milwaukee DSHA 27 35 21 NR
22, Hadley Mueller Brookfield East HM NR NR NR
23, Haley Myers Somerset UW-Whitewater 26 23 11 NR
24, Holly Carlson Ellsworth UW-Eau Claire NR NR NR NR
25, Isabelle Gaudion Kettle Moraine TBA (academics) 28 NR NR NR
26, Abby DeMoe Colfax UW-La Crosse 29 24 12 10
27, Anaka Leske Madison Edgewood 17 32 18 15
28, Sarah Peterson Tomah NR NR NR NR
29, Ally Nickel Stevens Point NR NR NR NR
30, Rylee Haines Arcadia 36 33 23 9
31, Amanda Ruona Hartford 40 38 16 NR
32, Mary Hommen Cambridge NR NR NR NR
33, Emma Onesti Green Bay Preble 33 29 NR NR
34, Sydney O'Hearn Sun Prairie UW-Whitewater 34 21 NR NR
35, Alyssa Dreher Kewaskum/Campbellsport Bryant & Stratton 38 36 NR NR
36, Alexis Fredericks Prescott NR NR NR NR
37, Morgan Benskin Cedarburg NR NR NR NR
tie, Maddie Wilke Cedarburg 23 26 NR NR
39, Anna Krieski Reedsburg Winona (Minn.) State HM NR NR NR
40, Aubrie Pero Cambridge NR NR NR NR
41, Ellie Craig Mukwonago 24 19 9 8
42, Hannah Harper River Falls 19 30 17 13
43, Ellie Schneider De Pere 22 17 NR NR
44, Carson Genda Waunakee NR NR NR NR
45, Kaci Duquaine Green Bay Preble co-op NR NR NR NR
tie, Lauren Bonetti Green Bay Preble co-op NR NR NR NR
47, Abby VanOoyen Green Bay Notre Dame NR NR NR NR
48, Sophie Christianson Hartford NR NR NR NR
49, Kenna DeRosa Hartford NR NR NR NR
50, Brooke Ehle Waunakee 32 27 14 NR
tie, Sara Nerad Janesville Craig 30 25 22 NR

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