2018 conference champion
Three of Brookfield Central's four scoring golfers shot 85 or lower as the Lancers shot 330 and edged Menomonee Falls (338) to win the Greater Metro Conference Championship and take the overall title with 48 points. Brookfield East (343) finished second overall with 39 points despite finishing third behind Central and Menomonee Falls at the conference championship.
2018 conference medalist
Brookfield Central freshman Sarah Balding shot 76 at the Fairways of Woodside Golf Course in Sussex to top junior Rachel Kauflin of Wauwatosa East/West by one shot and earn medalist honors at the Greater Metro Conference Championship. Kauflin, however, won the season-long overall championship by five strokes over Balding.
Top 2018 WIAA finishes
Team: Brookfield Central shot 348-334 at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament and, with a 36-hole total of 682, finished fourth, 31 strokes behind champion Kettle Moraine. Individual: Wauwatosa East/West junior Rachel Kauflin shot 73-77 at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament and, with a 36-hole total of 150, finished third, eight shots behind champion Jo Baranczyk of Bay Port.
Preseason top three
Brookfield Central, Wauwatosa East/West, Germantown.
First team: Sarah Balding, so., Brookfield Central; Anna Cesarz, sr., Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels; Rachel Kauflin, sr., Wauwatosa East/West; Sami Krutz, sr., Brookfield Central; C.J. Romero, jr., Brookfield Central.
Second team: Mya Edwards, jr., Germantown; Grace Klubertanz, sr., Germantown; Olivia McSorley, fr., Brookfield East; Hadley Mueller, sr., Brookfield East; Lilly Pietz, so., Menmonee Falls; Erin Rosenkrantz, jr., Brookfield Central.
What to watch
Brookfield Central coach Brian Scrobel took a team with a freshman, two sophomores, one junior and senior Bonnie Jin to the WIAA Division 1 state tournament a year ago, the program's ninth consecutive state appearance and its 26th overall. The Lancers, who by far have the most returning talent in the Greater Metro Conference, can match Mequon Homestead for the WIAA record for most state appearances (27) this fall, but they probably have their sights set higher with a deep roster and a lot of fire-power up front in senior Sami Krutz and sophomore Sarah Balding. Brookfield Central has not finished higher than third (2017) since its state runner-up finish in 2005 (13 state appearances ago). The Lancers' only state championship came in 2003. Meanwhile, Wauwatosa East/West senior Rachel Kauflin will be taking the same approach individually when it comes to setting her sites on a state title. She came close a year ago, finishing third after an opening 73 had her smack dab in the mix after one round at University Ridge. The Central Michigan recruit, who won the 2018 Wisconsin PGA Junior player-of-the-year honor on the strength of her WIAA state tournament finish, has a comfortable lead in the 2019 race over Hartland eighth-grader Jessica Guiser.
Circle these dates
Sept. 3 — Brookfield Central/University Ridge Invitational (University Ridge GC-Madison). Sept. 4 — Greater Metro Conference Mini-Meet #2 (Fairways of Woodside GC-Sussex). Sept. 7 — Middleton Invitational (Pleasant View GC-Middleton). Sept. 9 — Greater Metro Conference Mini-Meet #3 (Fairways of Woodside GC-Sussex). Sept. 14 — Fond du Lac Invitational (Rolling Meadows GC-Fond du Lac). Sept. 16 — Madison Edgewood Crusade Fore A Cure (Maple Bluff CC-Madison); Greater Metro Conference Mini-Meet #4 (Westmoor CC-Brookfield). Sept. 19 —Waukesha County Invitational (Wanaki GC-Menomonee Falls). Sept. 21 — Appleton West Invitational (Winagamie GC-Neenah). Sept. 23 — Greater Metro Conference Mini-Meet #5 (University Club of Milwaukee). Sept. 24 — Greater Metro Conference Mini-Meet #6 (TBA). Sept. 25 — Greater Metro Conference Championship (Fairways of Woodside GC-Sussex). Sept. 27 — Hartford Invitational (Hartford GC).