Tess Bruner | Wausau

Wausau West/East junior Tess Bruner competes during the 2020 Wisconsin PGA Junior Championship at Brown Deer Park GC in Milwaukee.

LOOKING BACK

RECENT CONFERENCE HISTORY: WISCONSIN VALLEY

Year Champion Points Runner-up Points Medalist Points
2019 Stevens Point 60 Wausau West/East 47 Abby Nickel, Stevens Point 85.5
2018 Stevens Point 70 Wausau West/East 48 Jasmine Yang, Wausau East/West
Abby Nickel, Stevens Point
62.5
2017 Stevens Point 28 Schofield D.C. Everest 21 Abby Nickel, Stevens Point 46
2016 Stevens Point 82 Stanley-Boyd 74 Mary McDonald, Stevens Point NA
2015 Stevens Point 68 Stanley-Boyd 56 Julia Szepieniec, Eau Claire Regis 41

Top 2019 WIAA finishes

Team: Stevens Point shot 362-360 at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament and finished seventh with a 36-hole total of 708, which was 57 strokes behind champion Middleton. Individual: Stevens Point senior Abby Nickel shot rounds of 85 and 83 and finished tied for 22nd with a 36-hole total of 168, which was 19 strokes behind repeat champion Jo Baranczyk of Bay Port.

LOOKING AHEAD

When They Are Playing: Wisconsin Valley

School Fall Spring
D.C. Everest (Schofield)
Marshfield
Stevens Point
Wausau West/East
Wisconsin Rapids
Note: Can begin practice Sept. 1; can begin competing Sept. 17

Preseason top three

 Wausau West/East, Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield. 

Preseason fall all-conference

First team: Tess Bruner, jr., Wausau West/East; Faith Cour, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Morgan Meyer, sr., Marshfield; Jess Nardi, jr., Wausau West/East;  Jasmine Yang, sr., Wausau West/East.

Second team: Ashtyn Fernstaedt, sr., Schofield D.C. Evest; Dylan Gruszynski, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Bryssa Lenz, sr., Marshfield; Anna Weis, sr., Marshfield.

What to watch

Stevens Point's three-year reign atop the Wisconsin Valley Conference effectively came to an end Aug. 27 when the Stevens Point Area School District announced it had suspended all fall athletics and would be moving to the WIAA's alternate fall sport seasons, scheduled to begin in late March.

"I feel bad for our girls," Stevens Point coach Mark Lesinski wrote in an email to Wisconsin.Golf, acknowledging his program will have to look to the La Crosse, Eau Claire and Green Bay areas for scheduling options in the spring. "We have had a hold of the top of the WVC since it started three years ago."

2019 Wausau girls golf team | WIAA Division 1 Notre Dame sectional

Members of the Wausau girls golf team pose outside of Thornberry Creek of Oneida GC near Green Bay where the Warriors finished seventh at the 2019 Notre Dame sectional. Four of the five golfers return in 2020.

In the Panthers' absence, Wausau West/East is poised to dominate the WVC.

Senior Jasmine Yang has been a fixture atop the conference since Wausau added the sport in 2018, sharing the overall conference title as a sophomore before finishing second to Stevens Point senior Abby Nickel last season. Her greatest threat to the top spot will come from junior teammate Tess Bruner, a second-team all-WVC golfer last season who showed great promise this summer competing in six events on the Wisconsin PGA Junior Tour.

Wisconsin Rapids returns a pair of juniors — Faith Cour and Dylan Gruszynski  — off last year's team that reached the sectional. Raiders coach Andrew Cook will look to a deep junior class to fill in gaps in hopes of giving Wausau a run for the team title after his team finally caught Wausau and tied the Warriors for second in the last of the seven legs of the 2019 WVC Tournament Series.

Marshfield and D.C. Everest (Schofield) have the experience to make a move up the ranks as well. Marshfield returns all five golfers from 2019, including sectional qualifiers Anna Weis and Morgan Meyer, both seniors, while the Evergreens bring back four golfers led by senior Ashtyn Fernstaedt.

"The team to look out for in the WVC, I think, is the Wausau team," Lesinski wrote. "But I think it will be a very competitive (fall) season."

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▶ Wisconsin Valley Conference Fall Championship: Legs of the WVC Championship series will be played on the following dates at these courses:

WISCONSIN VALLEY CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Date Host Course
Sept. 17 Wausau East/West Crane Meadows GC-Weston
Sept. 18 Schofield D.C. Everest Tribute GC-Wausau
Sept. 22 Marshfield Marshfield CC
Sept. 25 Wisconsin Rapids Ridges GC-Wisconsin Rapids
Oct. 1 Schofield D.C. Everest Greenwood Hills CC-Wausau
Oct. 2 Marshfield Marshfield CC
Oct. 5 Wausau East/West Trapp River GC-Brokaw
Oct. 9 Wisconsin Rapids Ridges GC-Wisconsin Rapids
Oct. 13 TBA Pine Valley GC-Marathon

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