Sophia Dooman

Sophia Dooman, Janesville Parker

For Sophia Dooman, choosing a college where she could also continue her golf career was all about chemistry.

Well, that and biochemistry. That's the academic path the Janesville Parker senior hopes to follow en route to becoming a general surgeon or pediatrician.

The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, offered her exactly what she wanted. Dooman announced last week that she would attend the NCAA Division III school after exploring opportunities at a number of schools, including Division I Loyola (Ill.), Division III St. Catherine's (Minn.) and NAIA Viterbo University in La Crosse.

Dooman was a two-time WIAA Division 1 state qualifier, finishing 32nd as a junior after rounds of 89 and 85 and 14th as a senior on rounds of 83 and 80. She also finished fourth last summer at the College Showcase, tied for 12th at the Sherri Steinhauer Invitational, tied for 13th at the WPGA Junior Championship and tied for 16th at the Morgan Stanley Tour Championship.

"I toured the (St. Thomas) campus and really loved it there," Dooman wrote an in email interview with Wisconsin.Golf. "I met with Coach (Sara) Evens that day and was really impressed with everything I saw. ... I thought St. Thomas would be the right choice for me because I like the campus, the area has great connections for job opportunities (and) I loved that I was in a bigger city with lots to do."

And then there was the chemistry. And, or course, the biochemistry. And the promising future that comes with both.

Dooman was one of two Wisconsin recruits to commit to the Tommies last week, joining Kirsten Leonardi of Sussex Hamilton. That comes on the heels of St. Thomas bringing in three Wisconsin recruits in its 2018 class — including 2017 Big Eight Conference champion Courtney Shorter of Verona, who has worked with Dooman at Blackhawk Country Club in Madison and came up with her in Derek Schnarr's junior golf program.

"Courtney did play some part in my decision," Dooman wrote. "I think it’ll be really fun to play with her and she gave me a lot of insight about the school and program."

And Dooman said she is ready to roll up her sleeves and help St. Thomas close what has become a significant gap between the Tommies and Division III power Carleton in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.

After being upset by St. Catherine's at the 2016 MIAC Championship, Carleton scored a 19-stroke victory at the 2017 championship and, this past fall, rolled to a 66-stroke victory over the College of St. Benedict. St. Thomas, which won the most recent of its five MIAC Championships in 2016, finished third in 2017 and eighth last fall, 167 strokes behind Carleton in the 54-hole tournament.

"I’m very excited to close the gap between St. Thomas and Carleton and to start competing," Dooman wrote. "I see myself really contributing to the program and upholding the values of it. I’ll continue to put forth my best effort and determination as I have throughout my high school career."

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  

No. First name Last name
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 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 7 NR
13 Kirsten Leonardi Sussex Hamilton St. Thomas (Minn.) 12 19
14 Bonnie Jin Brookfield Central 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 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 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 NR NR
29 Emma Egbert Sheboygan Lutheran 31 10
30 Lillian Knetter Madison West 18 NR
31 Emma Moore Kaukauna 19 22
32 Katie Glander Luxemburg-Casco NR NR
33 Bella Dory Menomonee Falls 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 NR NR
42 Keegan Destree Wilmot NR NR
43 Ashlyn Burdick Janesville Parker Carroll University NR NR
44 Alyssa Aschenreiner Onalaska 39 NR
45 McKenzie Maguire Menomonie 38 NR
46 Olivia Reichardt Appleton East Wisconsin (academics) 32 21
47 Cassidy Schnell DeForest St. Olaf (Minn.) NR NR
48 Aly Payne Oregon NR NR
49 Grace Hoffman Franklin 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

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.