Erin Rosenkrantz, Brookfield Central

Erin Rosenkrantz, Brookfield Central, goes to the first tee at the WIAA Division 1 Brookfield Central sectional with the support of her teammates.

2019 WIAA Division 1 state tournament | Team qualifiers

School State
berth
Last
berth
Best
finish
Sectional
score
Bay Port 3rd 2018 9th-2018 340
Brookfield Central 26th 2018 1st-2003 313
Cedarburg 2nd 2018 12th-2018 347
Green Bay Preble co-op 11th 2017 2nd-1973 348
Hartland Arrowhead 20th 2018 1st-2017, 2016, 2013, 2004 346
Kettle Moraine 11th 2018 1st-2018 330
Middleton 20th 2018 1st-2015, 2009 324
Sheboygan North/South 11th 2011 2nd-1981 333
Stevens Point 2nd 2016 9th-2016 363
Tomah 4th 2014 8th-2012 360
Union Grove 3rd 2016 9th-2015 359
Waunakee 6th 2018 1st-2010 357

2019 WIAA Division 1 state tournament | Individual qualifiers

School Name, year State
berth
Last
berth
Best
finish
Sectional
score
Appleton North AJ Powell, Fr. 1st NA NA 79
Ashwaubenon Rylie Severson, Sr. 2nd 2018 T51-2018 80
Hartford Amanda Ruona, Sr. 1st 3x sectional qualifier T21-2017 sectionals 84
Hudson Paige Hillman, Jr. 1st 2x sectional qualifier 6th-2018 sectional 87
Janesville Craig Kallie Lux, Jr. 2nd 2018 T28-2018 state 87
Jefferson Courtney Draeger, Jr. 1st 2x sectional qualifier T19-2017 sectional 82
Kenosha Tremper Cameron Lee, Sr. 1st 3x sectional qualifier T12-2018 sectional 88
Kewaskum/Campbellsport Alyssa Dreher, Sr. 1st 3x sectional qualifier T31-2018 sectional 86
Lake Geneva Badger/Williams Bay Holly Murphy, Sr. 3rd 2018 T8-2017 state 69
New Richmond Jessica Hagman, Sr. 2nd 2018 T34-2018 state 84
Oconomowoc Grace Suter, Sr. 2nd 2018 T20-2018 state 76
Oshkosh North Grace Miller, Jr. 1st 2x sectional qualifier 9th-2018 sectional 81
Pulaski Sadie Kelley, Sr. 1st 4x sectional qualifier 14th-2018 sectional 77
River Falls Jaden Woiwode, Jr. 2x sectional qualifier T10-2018 sectional 85
Stoughton Caylie Kotlowski, Jr. 2nd 2018 4th-2018 state 74
Stoughton Myranda Kotlowski, Sr. 1st NA T11-2018 sectional 75
Waukesha Catholic Memorial Meredith Boos, Sr. 2nd 2018 19th-2018 state 78
Wauwatosa West/East Rachel Kauflin, Sr. 2nd 2018 3rd-2018 state 74

When

Monday: 8 a.m. (Teams off No. 10; Individuals off No. 1). Tuesday: 8 a.m. (Teams off No. 1; Individuals off No. 10).

2018 Story

Red-hot Jo Baranczyk takes advantage when Emily Lauterbach's putter cools as Bay Port sophomore joins Kettle Moraine as state champions

Jo Baranczyk was halfway home to Bay Port Tuesday when she hit the short-iron jackpot to close out an epic comeback on the final day of the WIAA Division 1 state girls golf tournament and win her first state championship.

For the record, a 7-iron, a pitching wedge and a putter can comfortably cover the 250 yards from the temporary forward tees on No. 4 along the far eastern edge of University Ridge GC. We know this because that was the combination Baranczyk used to make her sixth birdie of the day with a life-changing 5-foot putt that gave the Pirates sophomore a closing 70 and a one-shot win over Emily Lauterbach (70), the 2016 champion from Hartland Arrowhead.

"I was not sure," Baranczyk said, when asked if she knew the importance of her final hole at the end of a day she began on No. 3 in the rare shotgun-start format employed to avoid late-afternoon storms in the forecast. "My coach (Jeff Johnson) kept me updated a couple of times, but I didn't want to know a couple of times. On that last hole, I hoped that birdie would save me."

Baranczyk was still working her way up the fourth fairway as Lauterbach left her finishing hole at No. 18 with tears in her eyes, knowing she had let this one get away. A pair of three-putts late in her round, she feared at that very moment, might keep her from becoming a two-time WIAA state champion.

"I'm just disappointed in myself," said Lauterbach, a University of Wisconsin recruit who birdied three of four holes starting at No. 2 to turn in 3-under 33 and added another birdie at the par-5 11th hole to take a four-shot lead with seven holes to play before things started to go south. "I three-putted (Nos.) 15 and 16 (and) I lost by one so those were just kind of sad three-putts."

They weren't nearly as sad as the look in Lauterbach's eyes as she came to grips with her fate. 

Baranczyk won her first state championship with a 2-under 142 total while Lauterbach wound up at 1-under 143 for 36 holes. It is the first time in the event's 47-year history that two Division 1 golfers have finished below par in the same championship, but — for Lauterbach — it was also the first time in any competition for the Warhawks this fall that she did not come out on top.

"And it's state," Lauterbach said. "I've won every single meet and then, the one that mattered, just kind of slips away, I guess."

Maybe. After her sizzling start left left her 3-under after five holes, Lauterbach then missed a pair of 5-foot birdie putts on Nos. 8 and 9 or she would have shot 31 on the front nine. She bogeyed No. 12 after her last birdie one hole earlier, but the two three-putts near the end of her round were just partly to blame for falling short.

But the rest was Baranczyk's doing. She got hot at the right time — after bogeying three of four holes around a birdie at No. 9 that left her 4 shots behind — and made four birdies over a six-hole stretch on the back nine that she played in 3-under. 

Her back-to-back birdies at Nos. 16 and 17, combined with Lauterbach's bogey at No. 15, left the two golfers tied. Ultimately, the state championship came down to the fourth hole, a par 4 that Lauterbach drove earlier in the day and made a two-putt birdie.

"I used an iron off the tee and I had a pitching wedge in," Baranczyk said. "I was just hoping to give myself a chance. I put that to about 5 feet and made that putt."

Baranczyk made it sound easy afterward. But as she stood over the 5-footer?

"I was shaking," she said. "I don't know what was going to through my head, ... but I was hoping it would be (for) the win."

Kettle Moraine didn't let things get that tight in completing its wire-to-wire victory. Middleton, behind Katherine Meier's fifth-place finish, put a 325 on the board and halved the 16-stroke deficit with which it began the day and, at 659, finished eight strokes behind the Lasers (333-651), who counted an 81 from Julia Schilling, a pair of 83s from Jenna Anderson and Elizabeth Mantey and an 86 from Madeline Koenig to collect its first state championship.

"I looked (at live scoring) about four holes into the back nine and tried not to look again," Kettle Moraine coach John Sams said. "Word does travel. I will say coming down to (Nos.) 17 and 18 I did take a peek just to see where they were at and just knowing they were giving a chase, it got a lot closer at the end. We just tried to keep them calm, get them to finish and it's really impressive to see them close the door.

"I can't say we finished as strong as we wanted to, but knowing that we set ourselves up (Monday) with a very strong lead made it a little easier for us."

2019 Skinny

Road back to top in Division 1 filled with hurdles as Kettle Moraine, Bay Port's Jo Baranczyk faced with long line of challengers 

The first four times they met this fall, Middleton and Brookfield kept flip-flopping places in relation to each other atop leaderboards at major invitationals across southern Wisconsin — Franklin, Brookfield Central/Mequon Homestead, Kohler and University Ridge — and inching to the top of the state rankings.

Defending WIAA Division 1 state champion Kettle Moraine, meanwhile, kept getting pushed to the shadows among top Division 1 teams in the state.

It would be wrong to dismiss the Lasers' chances of a repeat performance Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. They return three of the four golfers who contributed to the 318 opening-day score at the 2018 state tournament and gave Kettle Moraine a big boost toward its first state title.

However, it would be correct to assume that the Lasers will have to muscle their way through top-ranked Middleton and No. 2 Brookfield Central to get their hands on another gold trophy. The talent pool in the Division 1 field this week at University Ridge is just that deep.

Middleton is back at full strength after playing without junior No. 2 golfer Glenna Sanderson, who missed the Big Eight Conference Championship as well as the WIAA regional with foot injuries before returning at last week's sectional. She shot 79 at The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove as she and senior teammate Kate Meier tied for third place and restore the punch atop the Cardinals' lineup.

Brookfield Central has a 1-2 punch to match in sophomore Sarah Balding and senior Sami Krutz, the medalist last week with a 72 at the sectional the Lancers hosted at Wanaki GC in Menomonee Falls. Balding, who shot 76 at the sectional, was the Lancers' top scorer at the Franklin regional with a 75 while Krutz was third with a 78.

The scramble for the team championship, therefore, might boil down to this: 1) How will the Nos. 3 through 5 golfers perform for Middleton and Brookfield Central; 2) Which Kettle Moraine team will show up at University Ridge; 3) Is there any other team lurking in the shadows?

The depth of Middleton and Brookfield Central couldn't be tighter. The Nos. 3 through 5 golfers Middleton will bring to University Ridge played to an average of 85 during the regional and sectional, but the two scorers lowered that to 83.25. Brookfield Central's bottom three, meanwhile, averaged 84.1 overall and 82.5 among the two counters.

Kettle Moraine, meanwhile, has shown uncanny consistency through the regional and sectional, shooting a 330 at both stops. However, no Lasers golfer has broken 80 during the WIAA postseason, but only one has shot a score in the 90s — a luxury that will probably keep Kettle Moraine ahead of most of the pack, but might be enough to help the Lasers catch Brookfield Central and Middleton.

Lastly, the wildcard. Bay Port has a strong tandem at the top of the lineup in junior Jo Baranczyk and sophomore Avery Dudra, both capable of taking it low. Baranczyk is capable of taking it below 70 and, knowing that the depth among individuals in the Division 1 field is exceptional as she gets set for her title defense, could take it low enough to help the Pirates make waves in the team competition if they can get two sub-90 scores from the back of the lineup. 

A likely top five, individually, could include as many as 10 golfers with a shot a winning it all. They include: Baranczyk, Rachel Kauflin of Wauwatosa East/West (third at state a year ago), Caylie Kotlowski of Stoughton (fourth a year ago), Middleton's Meier (fifth at state in 2018), Holly Murphy of Lake Geneva Badger (twice a top-10 finisher at state who shot 69 at the sectional) and Stoughton senior Myranda Kotlowski (a regional medalist and sectional runner-up whose game is suited to a successful state debut); Cedarburg's Elise Hoven; Brookfield Central's Balding and Krutz; and Oconomowoc's Grace Suter.

Projected top three teams

1) Brookfield Central; 2) Middleton; 3) Kettle Moraine.

Projected top three individuals

1) Holly Murphy, Lake Geneva Badger; 2) Caylie Kotlowski, Stoughton; 3)  Jo Baranczyk, Bay Port.

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