Jed, Jo Baranczyk

North Dakota State golfer Jed Baranczyk, left, gets ready to caddie for sister Jo at last week's Wisconsin State Women's Open in Stevens Point. They reprised roles Tuesday at Mascoutin GC for U.S. Girls Junior Championship next month in Stevens Point.

BERLIN — Jo Baranczyk has played enough competitive golf around the country to know how special it will be next month to have the U.S. Girls Junior Championship in her own backyard at SentryWorld in Stevens Point.

"I am so excited that the tournament is in Wisconsin this year," Baranczyk wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.Golf. "When I first heard a couple years ago that it was going to be at SentryWorld I had a goal of getting there."

The good news for the Green Bay golfer? Baranczyk can pack her bags, especially the one with the golf clubs in it. She is going to SentryWorld.

The junior-to-be at Bay Port High School played a nine-hole stretch in the middle of her round in even-par en route to a 76 to finish second, one shot behind medalist Shannyn Vogler of Sherrard, Ill. Both golfers earned a berth in the U.S. Girls Junior, which will be held July 22 through 27 at SentryWorld.

Grafton's Elise Hoven shot 77 and finished third, earning first-alternate status. University of Wisconsin recruit Emily Lauterbach (78) is the second alternate.

"I definitely knew I needed to throw down a good score," Baranczyk wrote after making six bogeys and two birdies at Mascoutin Golf Club. "I actually did not play too aggressively. It was just an 18 hole tournament therefore I really tried to play smart. The stretch of being even definitely wasn’t smooth."

It followed a stretch in which Baranczyk went bogey-birdie-bogey-bogey to leave her 2-over. Saying "my putter saved me a few times," Baranczyk gave credit to brother/caddie Jed — a North Dakota State golfer — for the reads.

"Going into (No.) 16 at (2-over), I thought there was a chance that that could do it, but then going (2-over) on the last three holes I was very nervous," Jo Baranczyk said. "I did not know what I needed to do to pull it off."

Playing with Vogler and Lauterbach, however, gave Baranczyk, who last week qualified for the National PGA Junior Championship by winning the Lake Arrowhead Invitational, a hint that her schedule was going to grow again.

"Playing with Emily ... was fun as always," Baranczyk wrote. "I have played with Shannyn before as well. She is a great player. I am not surprised at what she shot."

The day would have been perfect, Baranczyk said, if Hoven would have been able to rally for an automatic spot. Instead, she must wait to see if her number is called out of the pool of alternates from this month's local qualifying.

"It would have been very sweet if Elise could have moved through as well," Baranczyk wrote  today. I am hopeful the alternate spot will work out for her. She played great and she deserved to move through as much as anyone."


Pos
Player
Thru
Total
Strokes
 
QUALIFIERS (2)
1Shannyn Vogler  Sherrard, ILF+375 
2Jo Baranczyk  Green Bay, WIF+476 
ALTERNATES - IN ORDER (2)
3Elise Hoven  Grafton, WIF+577 
4Emily Lauterbach  Hartland, WIF+678 
DID NOT QUALIFY
5Camilla Jarvela  FinlandF+779 
T6Caylie Kotlowski  Stoughton, WIF+880 
T6Mallory Swartz  Franklin, WIF+880 
8Melanie Walker  Burke, VAF+1082 
9Myranda Kotlowski  Stoughton, WIF+1183 
10Wynne Aldrich  Valparaiso, INF+1284 
T11Rachel Kauflin  Wauwatosa, WIF+1486 
T11Glenna Sanderson  Middleton, WIF+1486 
T13Caitlyn Hegenbarth  Verona, WIF+1587 
T13Jessica Guiser  Hartland, WIF+1587 
T15Grace Suter  Oconomowoc, WIF+1789 
T15Grace Welch  Madison, WIF+1789 
17Lauren Peterson  Hartland, WIF+2395