D1 - Emily Lauterbach, Hartland Arrowhead

Emily Lauterbach, Hartland Arrowhead

One stroke kept Emily Lauterbach from doing almost everything the Hartland Arrowhead golfer could possibly do to have a perfect senior season.

But it didn't keep the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin from recognizing that Lauterbach was the best girls golfer in the state this fall. It announced late Sunday evening that the University of Wisconsin recruit was its choice for 2018 player of the year, leading a seven-player, first-team all-state unit.

Lauterbach joined Bay Port sophomore Jo Baranczyk, Wauwatosa East/West junior Rachel Kauflin, Stoughton sophomore Caylie Kotlowski, Eau Claire Memorial senior Lexi Meade, Lake Geneva Badger junior Holly Murphy and Franklin junior Mallory Swartz on the first team. Baranczyk's stunning rally at University Ridge Golf Course — she played her last nine holes in 4-under-par  — gave her a final-round 70 and a one-shot victory over Lauterbach, the 2016 champion, in the battle for top honors at the Division 1 state tournament.

It was the only time all season Lauterbach didn't finish first in a tournament.

WIAA Division 2 state champion Clair Phakamad of Appleton Xavier led second-team honorees on the GCAOW all-state squad. Joining her were: Brookfield Central freshman Sarah Balding, La Crosse Aquinas senior Annie Balduzzi, Milton senior Taylor Hakala, Brookfield Central senior Bonnie Jin, Kettle Moraine senior Madeline Koenig and Middleton junior Katherine Meier.

Grace Welch of WIAA Division 2 state champion Madison Edgewood anchored the seven-player third-team all-state squad. She joined Eau Claire North senior Sydney Brown, Brookfield Central junior Sami Krutz, Kettle Moraine junior Julia Schilling, Brookfield East senior Anouska Siva, Waunakee senior Sam Soulier and Oconomowoc junior Grace Suter.

HS Girls Golf: 2018 Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin All-State Team

Player School
First Team
Jo Baranczyk Bay Port
Rachel Kauflin Wauwatosa East/West
Caylie Kotlowski Stoughton
Emily Lauterbach Hartland Arrowhead
Lexi Meade Eau Claire Memorial
Holly Murphy Lake Geneva Badger
Mallory Swartz Franklin
Second Team
Sarah Balding Brookfield Central
Annie Balduzzi Aquinas
Taylor Hakala Milton
Bonnie Jin Brookfield Central
Madeline Koenig Kettle Moraine
Katherine Meier Middleton
Clair Phakamad Appleton Xavier
Third Team
Sydney Brown Eau Claire North
Sami Krutz Brookfield Central
Julia Schilling Kettle Moraine
Anouska Siva Brookfield East
Sam Soulier Waunakee
Grace Suter Oconomowoc
Grace Welch Madison Edgewood
Honorable Mention
Jenna Anderson Kettle Moraine
Meredith Boos Catholic Memorial
Sophia Dooman Janesville Parker
Madeline Fiebig Kettle Moraine
Lauren Haen Appleton Xavier
Caitlyn Hegenbarth Madison Edgewood
Elise Hoven Cedarburg
Grace Jaeger Madison Edgewood
Elizabeth Kaiser Hartland Arrowhead
Aly Kinzel Waunakee
Lillian Knetter Madison West
Madison LaPaz Oconomowoc
Kirsten Leonardi Sussex Hamilton
Elizabeth Mantey Kettle Moraine
Klairissa O’Reilly-Dye Monona Grove
Glenna Sanderson Middleton
Claudia Seeman Milton
Rylie Severson Ashwaubenon
Kiernan Smith Maple Northwestern
Kedra Swanson Beaver Dam
Aubrie Torhorst Waterford


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.