Since her high school doesn't offer a girls golf program, Wabeno senior Grace Warrner still has plenty of high school golf to look forward to this spring when she will tee it up again on the Wabeno/Laona boys golf team.

However, the Lakewood resident will begin her senior season with the Rebels later this month knowing her golf career will continue even after it is done.

Warrner, a three-time WIAA Division 3 boys golf sectional qualifier, last month signed an intent to enroll at UW-Stout. She was drawn to the Menomonie campus by its Pre-Health Sciences major that will allow her to pursue a career as a surgeon and chose the Blue Devils, who have made three NCAA Division III Championship appearances since 2013, over interest in Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and Aurora (Ill.) University, both Division III schools.

"I have been playing golf my entire life, and I’ve always known that I wanted to play at a collegiate level," Warrner wrote in an email interview with Wisconsin.Golf. "When Coach (Howie) Samb began recruiting me, and I looked into UW-Stout and realized I loved the Polytechnic spirit of the school. I then went for a college visit and met with Coach Samb again, and I realized that I really liked his coaching attitude and techniques. I really liked the golf program and knew I would really like playing for Stout."

Warrner, whose older sister Maggie is a sophomore on the women's golf team at Division III Illinois Wesleyan, teamed with her on two of the Rebels' three sectional berths. Wabeno/Laona finished eighth at the sectional Grace's freshman year and fifth when she was a sophomore and her sister a senior.

Last spring, Warrner qualified for the Marathon sectional individually by finishing fifth with an 85 at the Crivitz regional. She shot 86 at the sectional, missing out on a state tournament berth by just six shots.

"I was looking for a school that wasn't huge, but was also a lot bigger than my high school," Warrner said. "I loved the campus size of Stout and how it was split between a North and South campus .... Coach Samb was incredible at answering all of my questions, regardless of the topic (and) if he didn't know, he would refer me to someone who did."

One of those persons was Dr. Alexandra Hall, a senior lecturer in the biology department who helped Warrner map out a path from college to a career in the medical profession.

"My career is still undecided, but I believe I want to be a surgeon," Warrner wrote. "Stout is super hands-on, and I learn best by doing it, so I believe Stout will give me the best academic future with their polytechnic program."

In the meantime, Warrner hopes she can give Stout — the runner-up to UW-Whitewater each of the past two seasons in the WIAC after winning the most recent of its three WIAC titles under Samb, the six-time WIAC coach of the year.

"Coach Samb has been (WIAC) coach of the year many times and the women's team has a tradition of making the NCAAs," Warrner wrote. "I would love to contribute to that tradition of success and help the women's team make it to the NCAAs again. I am so excited to be a part of the team and contribute in any way I can."

Girls Class of 2019

The Wisconsin.Golf class-by-class rankings are compiled by digital editor Rob Hernandez based on an analysis of tournament results and overall impact of golfers within their class. Opinions and insight on golfers in this class are welcome and will be used for future rankings; updates on college decisions are also welcome. They can be shared via email at robhernandezdotgolf@gmail.com.  

No. First name Last name
High
school
College
Nov.
2017
Nov.
2016
1 Emily Lauterbach Hartland Arrowhead Wisconsin 1 1
2 Gabby Tremblay Hayward/Shattuck St. Mary's Creighton NR 7
3 Lexi Meade Eau Claire Memorial Drake 2 2
Maggie Veenendall New Richmond Sioux Falls (S.D.) 10 13
5 Clair Phakamad Appleton Xavier UW-Green Bay NR NR
6 Annie Balduzzi La Crosse Aquinas Sioux Falls (S.D.) 6 3
7 Taylor Hakala Milton Northern Michigan 3 4
8 Sydney Brown Eau Claire North St. Catherine's (Minn.) 4 5
9 Emily Neff Hayward Wisconsin (academics) 5 6
10 Kendra Swanson Beaver Dam UW-Stout 15 14
11 Sophia Dooman Janesville Parker St. Thomas (Minn.) 8 9
12 Madeline Koenig Kettle Moraine TBA (academics) 7 NR
13 Kirsten Leonardi Sussex Hamilton St. Thomas (Minn.) 12 19
14 Bonnie Jin Brookfield Central Wisconsin (club golf) 20 NR
Anouska Siva Brookfield East 25 23
16 Samantha Soulier Waunakee Minnesota State-Mankato 9 15
17 Klairissa O'Reilly-Dye Monona Grove UW-Stout 11 11
18 Katie Gerschke Milw. St. Thomas More Rockhurst University (Mo.) 17 NR
19 Aubrie Torhorst Waterford Grinnell (Iowa) 13 NR
20 Madison LaPaz Oconomowoc UW-Whitewater 23 NR
21 Maddie Krogwold Brookfield East 24 NR
22 Madi Vine Orfordville Parkview NR NR
23 Emily Anderson Kaukauna Marquette (academics) NR NR
24 Elizabeth Mantey Kettle Moraine TBA (academics) NR NR
25 Lily Sheppard Kaukauna UW-Whitewater 14 NR
26 Grace Warrner Laona-Wabeno UW-Stout 16 8
27 Elizabeth Santos Fox Valley Lutheran Lake Forest (Ill.) 37 25
28 Kennedy Patrick Clayton Hamline (Minn.) (basketball) NR NR
29 Emma Egbert Sheboygan Lutheran Colorado State (academics) 31 10
30 Lillian Knetter Madison West Emory (Ga.) 18 NR
31 Emma Moore Kaukauna UW-La Crosse 19 22
32 Katie Glander Luxemburg-Casco NR NR
33 Isabella Dory Menomonee Falls Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) 21 NR
34 Cosette Shefelker Menomonee Falls 22 NR
35 Ashley Weber Waukesha Catholic Memorial 40 NR
36 Bree Borgan Neenah NR NR
37 Julia Hayden Durand NR NR
38 Grace Westerman Oconomowoc UW-Whitewater NR NR
39 Caroline Kroeninger Arrowhead Carroll University NR NR
40 Erica Feuerhelm Ellsworth Montevallo (Alabama) NR NR
41 Lauren Craig West Bend West/East Minnesota (academics) NR NR
42 Keegan Destree Wilmot UW-Green Bay (academics) NR NR
43 Ashlyn Burdick Janesville Parker Carroll University NR NR
44 Alyssa Aschenreiner Onalaska Wisconsin (academics) 39 NR
45 McKenzie Maguire Menomonie UW-Stout 38 NR
46 Olivia Reichardt Appleton East Wisconsin (academics) 32 21
47 Cassidy Schnell DeForest St. Olaf (Minn.) NR NR
48 Aly Payne Oregon TBA (academics) NR NR
49 Grace Hoffman Franklin Saint Louis University (academics) NR NR
50 Mary Bundalo Brookfield East NR NR
HM Ashley Johnson Sussex Hamilton Viterbo NR NR
HM Lauren Raboin Superior College of St. Scholastica NR NR
HM Lauren Alioto Oconomowoc Carroll University NR NR
HM Maddison Fenner Lakeside Lutheran William Woods (Mo.) NR NR
NM Hannah Brendel Wilmot TBA NR NR
HM Alaina Aschenbrenner Franklin Carroll University

rob@killarneygolfmedia.com

Rob started covering the Wisconsin golf scene in 1987 at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison & has been the only reporter covering all levels of state golf. He joined Killarney Golf Media in Sept. 2015 & helped launch Wisconsin.Golf in Jan. 2016.