'22 women's am | AJ Powell

AJ Powell, Appleton North

Rob Hernandez of Wisconsin.Golf breaks down the six WIAA Division 1 girls golf sectionals scheduled for Monday and Tuesday around the state. The top two teams plus the top three individuals not on those teams will advance from each sectional to the WIAA state championships Oct. 10-11 at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison.


Middleton sectional


Middleton 335 22 2021 (3rd)
Monona Grove 394 0 NA
Mount Horeb 392 0 NA
Oregon 366 3 2016 (5th)
Reedsburg 358 0 NA
Sun Prairie West 367 3 2007 (11th)
Verona 411 5 2017 (6th)
Waunakee 328 8 2021 (T-6)
Kayla Capener, Baraboo
Avery Meek, DeForest
Ava Rikkers, Madison West
Brooklyn Fleming, Madison West
Nakkia Kohn, McFarland
Brynne Bieri, McFarland
Mia Burchette, McFarland
Sam Austin, Stoughton

When, where: 9 a.m. at Pleasant View GC-Middleton.

2021 story: A late change in venue from The Legend at Bergamont to Foxboro GC in Oregon didn't keep Middleton and Waunakee from authoring another entry in their ongoing high school girls golf rivalry. Middleton senior Ellie Frisch, a UW-Green Bay recruit, shot even-par 72 to share medalist honors with Waunakee sophomore Izzi Stricker and the Cardinals' four scoring golfers all finished among the top eight as they escaped with a 319-321 victory on their way to the state tournament at University Ridge GC in Madison, where Middleton placed third and Waunakee finished T-6. It took a score of 82 or better to qualify for state individually and two of those spots went to golfers from host and third-place Oregon (339) — freshman Addison Sabel and senior Emily Hopp, who both shot 81s.

2022 skinny: That Middleton-Waunakee rivalry, which has continued to simmer this fall despite both teams graduating two seniors after last season, took a unique turn at the WIAA Division 1 Reedsburg regional last week when Waunakee got the best of the Cardinals for the first time in five meetings this fall. It was the third 1-2 finish between the two but the first in which Middleton (335) failed to break 330. Waunakee, which did edge the Cardinals 315-319 on Day 2 of the Brookfield Central/Mequon Homestead Invitational early in the season to close the gap in their 4-5 finish, placed four golfers ahead of Middleton's third at the regional with juniors Izzi Stricker (74) and Jordan Shipshock (79) edging Cardinals juniors Vivian Cressman (76) and Ellen Close (78) at the top of the lineup. With the sectional shifting to Middleton's home course at Pleasant View, so does the advantage in their likely head-to-head showdown. Middleton (326) took down Waunakee (333) there late in the season at the Middleton Invitational with Oregon (347) finishing third. The Panthers come into the sectional off a win at their own regional at the Legend at Bergamont.

Projected state team qualifiers:  Middleton, Waunakee.

Projected state individual qualifiers: Ashleigh Johnson, Reedsburg; Addison Sabel, Oregon; Isabel Royle, Sun Prairie.

Janesville Parker sectional


Burlington 387 0 NA
Janesville Craig 372 1 2020 / ALT (4th)
Kettle Moraine 374 12 2020 (4th)
Milton 383 8 2018 (8th)
Mukwonago 379 7 2014 (8th)
Union Grove 314 4 2021 (6th)
Westosha Central 334 2 2000 (8th)
Waukesha South co-op 361 6 2007 (7th)
Wauwatosa East/West 390 1 1977 (6th)
Chloe Chappe, Badger (Lake Geneva)/Williams Bay
Sara Ramsden, Beloit Memorial
Kate Krauklis, Elkhorn
Sara Zimmerman, Janesville Parker
Maddie Olson, Janesville Parker
Ava Litkey, Kenosha Bradford/Reuther
Madie Dahlk, Kenosha Indian Trail
Rebecca Susmilch, Kenosha Tremper

When, where: 8:30 a.m. at Janesville Country Club.

2021 story: Junior Norah Roberts shot 1-under-par 71 at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha to share medalist honors with future UW-Green Bay teammates Jenna Anderson of Kettle Moraine and Hannah Dunk of Milton and lead Union Grove to a 310-317 victory over Westosha Central. The runner-up Falcons would bounce back to win their first state championship the following week at University Ridge in the program's first state berth since 2002. Kettle Moraine (326) missed a sixth consecutive WIAA state tournament berth by nine strokes. It took a score of 73 or better to earn a spot at the state tournament individually with Kettle Moraine senior Madeline Fiebig topping Janesville Craig sophomore Mya Nicholson in a playoff for the third state berth.

2022 skinny: Defending state champion Westosha Central and Union Grove (T-6 at state in 2021) have gone head-to-head nine times this fall with Westosha winning six of them starting with back-to-back rounds of 294 and 296 at the Brookfield Central/Mequon Homestead Invitational in mid-August. However, the Broncos have had the upper hand in three of the last four starting with their 315-322 victory over the Falcons and Middleton at the University Ridge Invitational at the site of next week's state tournament. The lone win in that stretch for Westosha Central came at the Southern Lakes Conference championship where the Falcons won their third straight conference title. Their showdowns have brought out the best in Union Grove senior Norah Roberts, a North Dakota State commit who has averaged 68.5 in the eight 18-hole meetings between the two. In the end, though, this has become a fourth-score rivalry with the No. 4 golfers from each team deciding eight of their nine meetings and don't look for that to change in their 10th meeting on a tough track at Janesville CC. "It's a traditional golf course with small greens and tight fairways," Roberts wrote in a text to Wisconsin.Golf last week. "Seeing that it is a course many on the team don't have much experience playing I think it levels the playing field a bit. We are going to be going into the sectional tournament with the same amount of experience on the course."

Projected state team qualifiers: Union Grove, Westosha Central.

Projected state individual qualifiers: Mya Nicholson, Janesville Craig; Hannah Dunk, Milton; Sara Ramsden, Beloit Memorial.

Brookfield Central sectional


Arrowhead (Hartland) 328 21 2020 (T2)
Brookfield Central 362 29 2021 (4th)
Franklin 421 2 2017 (4th)
Muskego 365 0 NA
Oak Creek 414 0 NA
Oconomowoc 334 2 2000 (8th)
Waukesha South co-op 361 6 2007 (7th)
Wauwatosa East/West 390 1 1977 (6th)
Kayla Johnson, Hamilton (Sussex) 80
Nadia Maciejewski, Hamilton (Sussex) 85
Krista Longden, Pewaukee 91
Angelina Dorshak, New Berlin Eisenhower/West 93
Isabella Wentdorf, Racine Park 103
Josie Harris, Racine Case 106
Leah Hansen, Racine Case 106
Piper Haise, Greendale 107

When, where: 9 a.m. at Wanaki GC-Menomonee Falls.

2021 story: Hamilton (Sussex) placed three golfers in the top 10 led by senior Leah Balsbaugh's 77 as the Chargers shot 321 and edged Brookfield Central (331) by 10 shots to take the team title at the Waukesha South co-op sectional and qualify for the state tournament for the first time. Central, meanwhile, qualified for state for the 12th year in a row and state-best 29th time overall, getting a top-five finish from senior Sarah Balding to finish just ahead of Hartland Arrowhead (337) and Oconomowoc (339). The three individual state berths all went to juniors — medalist Emily Gastrau of Wauwatosa East/West (71), Waukesha South co-op's Norah Cerroni (75) and Oconomowoc's Katie Westbrook (76).

2022 skinny: Arrowhead (Hartland) and Oconomowoc have gone head-to-head a staggering 14 times this fall with Arrowhead winning nine times. However, the Warhawks' current run of three in a row — including a 332-339 win at the Classic 8 Conference Championship — is the first time all season that they have won more than back-to-back meetings. That's a nod to the contrasting strengths between the two teams. Arrowhead has the better depth; the Warhawks have had three golfers (Julia Larson, Kaitlyn Amtmann and Audrey Kaiser) lead the team in scoring. Oconomowoc has been far more consistent at the top of the lineup with Classic 8 champion Lauren Lupinek leading the front end of a solid 1-2 punch with Aubrey Westerman and Katie Westbrook alternating behind her on the team leaderboard. Of course, there is just enough uncertainty among the top two teams to leave the door open for Brookfield Central to extend its streak of state tournament appearances. After winning their 18th straight regional title a week ago, the Lancers will be looking to get to University Ridge for the 13th year in a row. This is the third time in the last six years that Brookfield Central will play host to a sectional and the 14th time since 2005 that the Lancers have hosted a qualifying leg of the WIAA state tournament series.

Projected state team qualifiers: Arrowhead (Hartland), Oconomowoc.

Projected state individual qualifiers: Nora Cerroni, Waukesha South co-op; Emily Gastrau, Wauwatosa East/West; Kayla Johnson, Hamilton (Sussex).


Hudson sectional


Chippewa Falls/McDonell Catholic 379 1 1972 (5th)
Holmen 375 5 2008 (12th)
Hudson 361 5 2008 (8th)
Marshfield 389 0 NA
New RIchmond 364 6 2021 (9th)
River Falls 393 5 2013 (10th)
Stevens Point 371 2 2019 (8th)
Tomah 336 6 2021 (8th)
Isabelle Campbell, Eau Claire Memorial
Autumn Cooper, Superior
Alexa Cour, Wisconsin Rapids
Brynn Johnson, Superior
Claire Nineman, Wisconsin Rapids
Addi Sobota, Menomonie
Logan Vollert, Wisconsin Rapids
Alex Wayss, Onalaska

When, where: 9 a.m. at Troy Burne GC-Hudson.

2021 story: Senior Sophie Pokela (74) joined junior teammates Amelia Zingler (80) and Brin Neumann (81) in the top five as Tomah shot 329 and edged New Richmond (331) by two strokes to win the Rice Lake sectional at Turtleback GC in Rice Lake. Eventual state champion Riley Pechinski of Stevens Point took medalist honors with a 1-over 71 and joined Onalaska seniors Allison Balduzzi (82) and Kiya Bronston (83) in qualifying for the state tournament. Bronston won a two-hole playoff over Hudson's Madison Berg and Olivia Grothaus and River Falls' Mahlia McCane for the final state berth.

2022 skinny: Troy Burne GC, a first-time sectional host and arguably the highest-profile course of the nine being used at this level this week, could be the great equalizer in a sectional that otherwise might be dominated by Tomah. As it is, the Timberwolves have all the ingredients to run away with the team title — a blossoming No. 1 golfer in Brin Neumann, three other seniors looking to get to the state tournament for the fourth year in a row and the confidence of having won the Hudson Invitational there earlier this fall by 24 strokes with a 326. Patience will be critical on this Tom Lehman design. New Richmond won the regional title here last year with a 329, but the Tigers were the only team to break 380 on a day in which medalist Lanie Veenendall (now at NCAA Division II Augustana, S.D.) was the only golfer to break 80 (with a 76) and there were only four other scores below 90.

Projected state team qualifiers: Tomah, Hudson.

Projected state individual qualifiers: Riley Pechinski, Stevens Point; Abbie Ritter, New Richmond; Nora Harris, New Richmond.

Kimberly sectional


Appleton North 343 4 2021 (11th)
Bay Port 342 5 2021 (5th)
De Pere 376 2 2016 (10th)
Kaukauna 335 4 2018 (7th)
Neenah 354 5 2009 (4th)
Notre Dame (Green Bay) 344 15 2020 (6th)
Pulaski 378 0 NA
Shawano 376 1 1979 (8th)
Jaelyn Feller, Appleton East
Audra Kasper, Green Bay Preble co-op
Elaine Laurent, Kimberly
Maci McNichols, Hortonville
Talia Schlindwein, Wausau East/West
Jenna Schumacher, Kimberly
Ayla Trollop, Wausau East/West
Riley Wood, Green Bay Preble co-op

When, where: 9 a.m. at High Cliff GC-Sherwood.

2021 story: Sophomore Adalyn Johnston shot 77 and senior Avery Dudra added a 78 at Greenwood Hills CC in Wausau as Bay Port shot 330 and won the Wausau East/West sectional by 30 strokes for its fifth consecutive WIAA state tournament berth. Appleton North (360), behind co-runner-up AJ Powell (78), earned its first state berth since 1999 by 10 strokes over third-place Kaukana. It took a score of 84 or better to earn a berth in the state tournament individually. It took a score of 84 or better to earn a berth in the state tournament individually.

2022 skinny: Quite possibly the most competitive sectional in the state, Bay Port and Notre Dame square off for the 10th time this season with a pair of No. 1 golfers in Adalyn Johnston and Grace Durkin, respectively, but Kaukauna (with returning state qualifier McKenna Lowe) and Appleton North (with two-time state qualifier AJ Powell) have the depth and talent to challenge. Bay Port, which might have the strongest No. 2 in the sectional in Ava Beranek, has won the last three meetings since Notre Dame last held the upper hand at the Sheboygan Invitational, which is where Fox Valley Association champion Kaukauna got the best of both of them, shooting 341 to beat Norte Dame by five shots with Bay Port (361) a distant fourth. In addition to Lowe, a sophomore who competed in both the girls golf and cross country tournaments a year ago, the Galloping Ghosts have a senior leader in Ava Bloch at the No. 1 position and an emerging sophomore in Charlie Clinefelter, a transfer from Division 2 Xavier (Appleton) whose 85 out of the No. 6 position helped Kaukauna hold off Appleton North 349-354 at the FVA Championship. North could win the whole thing if Powell, a state runner-up a year ago, can go as low as she did at the FVA Championship where her 71 was good for an 12-stroke victory. The glut of contenders for the two state team berths will also create a spirited competition for the individual state berths with Wisconsin Valley Conference runner-up Talia Schlindwein, FVA runner-up Jaelyn Feller of Appleton East, Kimberly junior Jenna Schumacher and the Shawano duo of Teghan Kristof and Sophia Eggert, who finished 2-3 at the Bay Conference Championship, all in the mix.

Projected state team qualifiers: Bay Port, Kaukauna.

Projected state individual qualifiers: Grace Durkin, Notre Dame (Green Bay); AJ Powell, Appleton North; Jaelyn Feller, Appleton East.

Fond du Lac sectional


Brookfield East 315 2 2021 (12th)
Divine Savior Holy Angels (Milwaukee) 360 8 2011 (3rd)
Fond du Lac 368 19 2004 (4th)
Hartford 395 0 NA
Homestead (Mequon) 368 27 2016 (4th)
Sheboygan North/South 391 13 2020 / ALT (3rd)
Slinger 375 0 NA
Whitefish Bay 367 3 2014 (9th)
Maddie Bell, West Bend West/East
Kate Bogenschutz, Cedarburg
Sydnie Clemons, West Bend West/East
Madison Engebose, Germantown
Em Foran, Germantown
Eleanor Henschel, West Bend West/East
Addison Landy, West Bend West/East
Lauren Parker, Menomonee Falls

When, where: 8 a.m. at Rolling Meadows GC-Fond du Lac.

2021 story: Junior Kate Bogenschutz shot 83 at Washington County GC in Hartford to finish T-5 and lead Cedarburg (345) past Brookfield East (355) for the team title at the Hartford sectional. East's Madison Haugen (79) shared medalist honors with senior Ava Wittstock of Sheboygan North/South and sophomore Kate Krueger of Divine Savior Holy Angels (Milwaukee), who joined junior Hannah Miller of Sheboygan North/South junior Hanna Miller in qualifying for the state tournament individually.

2022 skinny: One year after ending a nine-year state tournament drought, Brookfield East is a heavy favorite to get back to University Ridge and better last year's 12th-place finish in a big way. That's because returning state qualifier Madison Haugen and freshman sister Payton have teamed up to help the Spartans reach unprecedented levels. They swept Greater Metro Conference mini-meets and beat Divine Savior Holy Angels (Milwaukee) by 33 strokes to win the conference title, too. At last week's Homestead regional, Payton Haugen shot 68 and Madison Haugen 75 on a MeeKwon GC layout that allowed just three sub-80 scores in all as East shot 315 and clobbered the runner-up Dashers by 45 strokes. There is not a clear favorite for the second state berth, however, as DSHA, Whitefish Bay, Homestead, Fond du Lac and Slinger all have reason to believe they can grab it. 

Projected state team qualifiers: Brookfield East, Divine Savior Holy Angels (Milwaukee).

Projected state individual qualifiers: Kate Bogenschutz, Cedarburg; Hannah Miller, Sheboygan North/South; Emma Raimer, Slinger.


Rob started covering the state's golf scene in 1987 at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison. He joined Killarney Golf Media in 2015 and helped develop Wisconsin.Golf's extensive coverage of junior, high school, college, amateur and pro golf.

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