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Brookfield Central's Sarah Balding was runner-up at the 2019 WIAA Division 1 state tournament.

LOOKING BACK

RECENT CONFERENCE HISTORY: GREATER METRO

Year Overall Champion Score Runner-up Score Medalist Score
2019 Brookfield Central Brookfield Central 302 Milwaukee DSHA 361 Sarah Balding, Brookfield Central 68
2018 Brookfield Central Brookfield Central 330 Menomonee Falls 338 Sarah Balding, Brookfield Central 76
2017 Brookfield Central Brookfield Central 312 Milwaukee DSHA 324 Emily Balding, Bro 75
2016 Brookfield Central Brookfield Central 319 Milwaukee DSHA 363 Emily Balding, Bro 77
2015 Brookfield Central Brookfield Central 331 Milwaukee DSHA 374 Nina Galang, Brookfield East 76

Top 2019 WIAA finishes

Team: Brookfield Central shot 337-327 and finished second at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament. The Lancers' 664 total for 36 holes at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison was 13 shots off the pace of winner Middleton. Individual:  Brookfield Central sophomore Sarah Balding shot rounds of 72 and 78 at the Division 1 state tournament and finished second to repeat champion Jo Baranczyk of Bay Port. Lancers senior Sami Krutz (eighth) also finished in the top 10 after rounds of 79-76.

LOOKING AHEAD

When They're Playing: Greater Metro

School Fall Spring
Brookfield Central
Brookfield East
Divine Savior Holy Angels
Germantown
Hamilton (Sussex)
Menomonee Falls
Wauwatosa East/West

Preseason top three

Brookfield Central, Sussex Hamilton, Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels. 

Preseason fall all-conference

First team: Sarah Balding, jr., Brookfield Central; Madison Haugen, fr., Brookfield East; Lily Pietz, jr., Menomonee Falls; CJ Romero, sr., Brookfield Central; Kyley Wipper, sr., Brookfield Central.

Second team: Emily Gastrau, so., Wauwatosa East/West; Kate Krueger, fr., Milwaukee DSHA; Kayla Johnson, so., Sussex Hamilton; Olivia McSorley, jr., Brookfield East; Erin Rosenkrantz, sr., Brookfield Central. 

What to watch

Of all the reasons for Brookfield Central's current run of eight straight Greater Metro Conference championships, depth has been the key.

And the 2020 Lancers are a perfect example.

As easy as it would be for Sarah Balding, CJ Romero, Kyley Wipper, Eva Kumer and Erin Rosencrantz to put their games on auto-pilot and check off most, if not all, of their goals along the way, there is one team out there that won't let them become complacent. That'd be the Brookfield Central Varsity Reserves.

Earlier this week at the Washington County Invitational at Washington County Golf Course, Nora Purtell, Hannah Heuen, Allie Gosenheimer, Katelyn Coombs and Aurdra Czechowicz comprised that group of Lancers waiting in the wings. Heun and Gosenheimer shot matching 86s as their unit shot 353 and finished tied for third in a 20-team field of mostly varsity lineups —25 shots behind the Brookfield Central varsity, which cruised to the team title by 19 strokes.

There's no room for complacency in the Lancers' program, which is why there is so much room between Brookfield Central and the rest of the Greater Metro.

Balding is a threat to win the WIAA Division 1 state title with Bay Port and two-time defending champion Jo Baranczyk playing a spring schedule because of COVID-19. Romero, who gave her oral commitment last week to play NCAA Division II basketball at Northern Michigan, brings a competitive fire to the Lancers as do Wipper and Rosenkrantz, who shot 35 and 36, respectively, a week ago as the Lancers set the Greater Metro scoring record with a 143.

Competition should be keen for the runner-up spot, however.

Milwaukee DSHA, which has finished second to Brookfield Central four of the last five years; Brookfield East, and Sussex Hamilton all have two golfers capable of breaking 40 plus solid depth to go with what they have up front. Brookfield East has one of the state's top freshmen in Madison Haugen, who had four top-20 finishes in 36-hole WPGA Junior Tour events this summer and shot 31 in the first GMC mini-meet of her career last week at Blackstone Creek GC in Germantown.

2020 calendar: Click here

▶ Greater Metro Conference Championship: Sept. 23 (Naga-Waukee GC-Pewaukee). 

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