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."
|1||Shannyn Vogler Sherrard, IL||F||+3||75|
|2||Jo Baranczyk Green Bay, WI||F||+4||76|
|ALTERNATES - IN ORDER (2)|
|3||Elise Hoven Grafton, WI||F||+5||77|
|4||Emily Lauterbach Hartland, WI||F||+6||78|
|DID NOT QUALIFY|
|5||Camilla Jarvela Finland||F||+7||79|
|T6||Caylie Kotlowski Stoughton, WI||F||+8||80|
|T6||Mallory Swartz Franklin, WI||F||+8||80|
|8||Melanie Walker Burke, VA||F||+10||82|
|9||Myranda Kotlowski Stoughton, WI||F||+11||83|
|10||Wynne Aldrich Valparaiso, IN||F||+12||84|
|T11||Rachel Kauflin Wauwatosa, WI||F||+14||86|
|T11||Glenna Sanderson Middleton, WI||F||+14||86|
|T13||Caitlyn Hegenbarth Verona, WI||F||+15||87|
|T13||Jessica Guiser Hartland, WI||F||+15||87|
|T15||Grace Suter Oconomowoc, WI||F||+17||89|
|T15||Grace Welch Madison, WI||F||+17||89|
|17||Lauren Peterson Hartland, WI||F||+23||95|