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.