When we last checked in on Wisconsin's girls Class of 2020 in early July, its No. 1 golfer had delayed the start of her schedule to make memories with her dad at the U.S. Open and others in the class were gaining on Rachel Kauflin.

Rachel, Jason Kauflin at U.S. Open

Rachel, Jason Kauflin at U.S. Open

As it turned out, the Wauwatosa West senior has good closing speed.

Kauflin finished 2019 by mixing a quiet confidence with a steady diet of top-five finishes in the final events of her high school career to retain the top spot that she shared mid-year with Mallory Swartz of Franklin. After working her way back into top form, Kauflin repeated as champion at the Sherri Steinhauer Invitational and was the top finisher in her class during stroke-play qualifying for the WPGA/WWSGA State Girls Match Play and again at the WIAA Division I state tournament, where she finished fourth.

It helped that Kauflin made her oral commitment in May to play college golf for NCAA Division I Central Michigan in 2020. That allowed her and her father Jason, who owns Wisconsin Golf Trips, to enjoy the Father-Daughter trip of a lifetime to Pebble Beach, Calif., where they served as a walking scorer and a standard bearer, respectively, for the 119th U.S. Open Championship even if it meant missing the Lake Arrowhead Invitational and Wisconsin State Women's Open while others in her class were just getting their summer revved up.

2019 WIAA D1 Brookfield Central sectional | Mallory Swartz, Franklin

2019 WIAA D1 Brookfield Central sectional | Mallory Swartz, Franklin

Franklin's Mallory Swartz, who played in the final group on the final day of the State Women's Open and was the top high school finisher at the Wisconsin Women's State Amateur, was the runner-up to Kauflin at the Sherri Steinhauer Invitational and finished fifth, one spot behind Kauflin, at the Morgan Stanley WPGA Junior Tour Championship. After starting the high school season with a victory at the Franklin Invitational at Brown Deer Park GC, the Bowling Green recruit was gradually bothered by a wrist injury that ultimately kept her from surviving a loaded Brookfield Central sectional, becoming the only golfer among those in our top 15 not to compete at the state tournament.

Still, nobody behind her in our Class of 2020 rankings finished ahead of Swartz before her injury, making it difficult to penalize her for being absent at University Ridge.

Likewise, it was hard to ignore what Middleton's Kate Meier (No. 3) and Madison Edgewood's Grace Welch (No. 4) did at the Wisconsin Women's State Amateur, where they finished 15th and 16th, respectively, even though other golfers in this class, at times, snuck past them in big events this fall. That's not to say they didn't finish their senior season strong — Meier, a Loyola (Ill.) recruit, shot 76-78 at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament and finished seventh while Welch, a UW-Green Bay recruit, shot 76-82 and won the Division 2 state title, becoming just the fifth Crusader golfer to do so.

2019 WIAA D2 Girls Golf Sectional | Grace Welch, Madison Edgewood

2019 WIAA D2 Girls Golf Sectional | Grace Welch, Madison Edgewood

This class, however, was full of late bloomers and Nos. 5 through 10 in our ranking is led by four golfers who have yet to announce their college plans.

No. 5 Myranda Kotlowski of Stoughton and No. 6 Grace Suter of Oconomowoc are perhaps the two most intriguing prospects who, when we last checked, were still mulling their options. While some Division I college coaches might see them as somewhat undersized, their resumes were as big as they came with both saving their best for the end of the season, firing matching rounds of 76-77 at University Ridge to tie for fifth at the Division 1 state tournament.

Brookfield Central's Sami Krutz, our No. 7 golfer, was overshadowed in her conference by Kauflin and on her team by Sarah Balding, our No. 1-ranked golfer in the Class of 2022. But Krutz was quietly consistent throughout the fall season, winning the loaded Brookfield Central sectional with a 72 and finishing eighth at the Division 1 state tournament with rounds of 79-76.

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Middleton’s Kate Meier punches this shot to the 15th green on Monday. Meier is tied for fourth in Division 1 entering Tuesday’s final round at University Ridge.

Pulaski's Sadie Kelly (No. 8), who shared regional and sectional titles with Bay Port's Jo Baranczyk (our No. 1 golfer in the Class of 2021 and the two-time defending Division 1 state champion), rounded out the top 10 with Waukesha Catholic Memorial's Meredith Boos (No. 9) and Lake Geneva Badger's Holly Murphy (No. 10). Tough final rounds at the state tournament hurt both Boos and Murphy, but not enough to keep them from securing Division I offers — Boos is headed to Montana while Murphy signed with North Dakota State.

While there aren't many immediate impact golfers outside of our top 10, there are many whose stock continued to rise as seniors and may not have reached their potential. That appears to be what Division II Winona (Minn.) State is hoping after signing Baraboo's Carly Moon (No. 16), Ashwaubenon's Rylie Severson (No. 18) and twin sisters Anna (No. 39) and Ashley Krieski (not ranked) of Reedsburg to National Letters of Intent earlier this month in its 2020 class.

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 8 6 NR NR
8, Sadie Kelley Pulaski 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 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 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 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 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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