Stevens Point sectional
|Eau Claire Memorial|
|Chippewa Falls/McDonell Central Catholic|
|Eau Claire North|
When: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Where: Nemadji GC.
2018 story: Senior Maggie Veenendall (73) and junior Jessica Hagman (83) led the way as New Richmond shot 340 and edged Eau Claire Memorial (358) to win the WIAA Division 1 Superior girls golf regional. The Tigers went on to finish fifth at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament. River Falls (362) and Menomonie (390) also advanced to the sectional — Menomonie for the first time. Drake-bound Lexi Meade of Eau Claire Memorial shot 71 to earn medalist honors. Eau Claire North senior Sydney Brown (85), Hudson sophomore Paige Hillman (85), Superior senior Lauren Raboin (98) and Hudson senior Lauren Gertschen (101) advanced as individual qualifiers.
2019 skinny: New Richmond and River Falls are coming off convincing victories at the Middle Border and Big Rivers conference championships, respectively, and their battle for the regional title at Nemadji Golf Course in Superior should prove to be quite competitive. At New Richmond, sophomore Lannie Veenendall has helped fill the shoes of her sister, who is now a freshman at the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) along with Hagman, a Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) recruit and a two-time sectional qualifier who missed her sophomore year with an injury. New Richmond won its conference tournament with a 377, but will need a sub-100 fourth score to go as far as it did a year ago. Ditto for River Falls. Senior Hannah Harper is eyeing her fourth sectional berth and junior Daden Woiwode was the Big Rivers runner-up last week, but the Wildcats had their ups and downs at last week's Big Rivers Championship at Turtleback GC in Rice Lake.
Projected sectional team qualifiers: River Falls, New Richmond, Hudson, Eau Claire Memorial.
Projected sectional individual qualifiers: Emma Vande Voort, Rice Lake; Olivia Steinmetz, Menomonie; Keely Morehouse, Superior; Emma Cooper, Superior.
Wisconsin Rapids regional
|Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln|
When: 9 a.m. Wednesday. Where: The Ridges GC, Wisconsin Rapids.
2018 story: Sophomore Amber Nguyen (83) and senior Alyssa Achenreiner (89) finished 1-2 as Onalaska (367) edged Stevens Point (368) by one shot for the WIAA Division 1 Wisconsin Rapids regional team title at The Ridges GC. Wisconsin Rapids (403) and Tomah (404) grabbed the other two sectional berths. Sparta sophomore Chloe Hoff (98) and the Chippewa Falls/McDonell Central trio of Courtney Fisher (100), Rachel Fransway (101) and Kaleigh Ripley (101) advanced to the sectional individually.
2019 skinny: All five Stevens Point golfers broke 50 when Wisconsin Rapids hosted its stop of the Wisconsin Valley Conference tournament series at The Ridges GC in September and the Panthers won that leg by 27 shots with a 180 total. Will that give Stevens Point the edge it needs to bust up what has been a back-and-forth rivalry between Mississippi Valley Conference foes Tomah, the MVC champion, and Onalaska. Those three teams should dominate this regional, but the scramble for the fourth sectional berth could prove interesting between host Wisconsin Rapids and a Westby/Viroqua team that has five entries listed on the WIAA Website, but only brought two golfers to the Coulee Conference tournament Saturday in Holmen.
Projected sectional team qualifiers: Stevens Point, Tomah, Onalaska, Wisconsin Rapids.
Projected sectional individual qualifiers: Paige Winterton, Sparta; Chloe Hoff, Sparta; Ann Weis, jr., Marshfield; Emily Nelson, Holmen;.
Green Bay Notre Dame sectional
|West De Pere|
|Fox Valley Lutheran|
When: 9 a.m. Wednesday. Where: Northbrook CC-Luxemburg.
2018 story: A senior-laden Kaukauna team placed three golfers in the top five, shot 368 and won the De Pere regional by six shots over the host Redbirds. Ashwaubenon (425) and Appleton North (443) also advanced to the sectional. Qualifying individually were: Appleton East's Olivia Reichardt (95), Waupaca's Cadie Ash (96), Appleton East's Megan Geerts (107) and Waupaca's Lylli Sondrol (108) .
2019 skinny: Appleton North freshman Aj Powell's preparations for her first WIAA tournament series started Saturday with a stop at Interlachen Country Club in Minneapolis for the Drive, Chip & Putt regional, where she rode a hot putter to a five-point victory in the girls 14-15 age division and a berth in the DCP Finals at Augusta (Georgia) National GC. Now, she turns her attention to leading the Lightning to a sectional berth in what shapes up to be a tight battle with De Pere, which returns four of its top five golfers from its 2018 regional runner-up team led by junior Jolie Guyette and senior Ellie Schneider. Hortonville looks to have the edge for the third sectional berth, but Waupaca and West De Pere combine to return nine of their 10 golfers from a year ago and are a "pick-em" for the final berth.
Projected sectional team qualifiers: De Pere, Appleton North, Hortonville, Waupaca.
Projected sectional individual qualifiers: Rylie Severson, Ashwaubenon; Greta Hiltgen, Appleton West; Alyssa Cayer, West De Pere; Heather Dart, Luxemburg-Casco.
Bay Port regional
|Green Bay Notre Dame|
|Green Bay Preble Co-op|
|Wausau West/Wausau East|
When: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Where: Brown County GC-Hobart.
2018 story: Eventual state champion Jo Baranczyk of Bay Port began her WIAA postseason run by shooting 73 at Crystal Springs GC to win the Seymour regional by 14 shots and lead the Pirates (366) past Green Bay Notre Dame (371) for the team title. Green Bay Preble co-op (386) and Pulaski (388) also advanced to the sectional. Wausau West/East sophomore Jasmine Yang (91), Shawano sophomore Taylor Johnson (99) and Seymour seniors Brylee King (98) and Kennedy Peters (102) also qualified for sectionals individually.
2019 skinny: An up-and-down fall for defending state champion Jo Baranczyk did not come without a silver lining for Bay Port, which saw the emergence of another consistent low scorer at the top of the lineup in sophomore Avery Dudra. Together, they give the Pirates a slight edge on their home course in this regional against perennial power Green Bay Notre Dame. The Green Bay Preble co-op looks to have the third berth locked up, but the fourth spot could come down to how many strokes strong No. 1 golfers at Wausau East/West, Marinette and Pulaski can save their teams. Pulaski might have the edge in that department with senior Sadie Kelley, who won the recent Green Bay Notre Dame Triton Invitational at Thornberry Creek at Oneida with a 75.
Projected sectional team qualifiers: Bay Port, Green Bay Notre Dame, Green Bay Preble co-op, Wausau East/West.
Projected sectional individual qualifiers: Sadie Kelley, Pulaski; Auburn Waloway, Marinette; Taylor Johnson, Shawano; Sheridan Flauger, Pulaski.
Oshkosh West sectional
|West Bend West/East|
|Beaver Dam/Wayland Academy|
When: 9 a.m. Friday. Where: Hartford GC.
2018 story: University of Wisconsin recruit Emily Lauterbach shot 71 and cruised to an eight-stroke victory as Hartland Arrowhead (346) topped Cedarburg (361) to win the Hartford regional at Hartford GC. Oconomowoc (368) and Sussex Hamilton (371) took the final two sectional berths ahead of the host Orioles (380). Hartford's Sophie Christianson (87) and Kenna DeRosa (93), both juniors, joined Homestead sophomore Chloe Sileno (91) and Watertown senior Hannah Thompson (94) in advancing individually.
2019 skinny: Cedarburg (357) dominated the North Shore Conference Championship at Hartford GC just last week, winning by 14 strokes over runner-up Hartford. The Bulldogs have a state champion contender in junior Elise Hoven, whose star has risen steadily all season highlighted by a victory at the Blackwolf Run Invitational where she shot 73 in what her coach Susan Hartfield described as a "three-club wind" on the Pete Dye-designed course and beat a decorated field by nine strokes. But Maddie Wilke and Morgan Benskin are both capable of breaking 90 and Cassidy Fish and Maddy Getschow give Cedarburg a strong fourth score. Hartford can't match the Bulldogs at the top, but the Orioles do have great depth led by returning sectional qualifiers Sophie Christianson and Kenna DeRosa and No. 1 golfer Amanda Ruona. While Menomonee Falls should secure the third sectional berth, Germantown and Slinger will likely battle fourth the fourth spot unless Glendale Nicolet can ride its Nos. 1 and 2 golfers (Isa Pierri and Sophie Packman) and work its way into the mix.
Projected sectional team qualifiers: Cedarburg, Hartford, Menomonee Falls, Mequon Homestead.
Projected sectional individual qualifiers: Isa Pierri, Glendale Nicolet; Emma Raimer, Slinger; Sam Pendowski, Slinger; Sophie Packman, Glendale Nicolet.
Fond du Lac regional
|Fond du Lac|
When: 9 a.m. Thursday. Where: Rolling Meadows GC-Fond du Lac.
2018 story: Sophomore Zjeneexa Vang shot 89 as all four scoring golfers for Sheboygan North/South broke 100 in shooting 378 and leading the co-op team to a one-stroke victory over Beaver Dam (379), which boasted the medalist in UW-Stout-bound senior Kendra Swanson. Kewaskum/Campbellsport (397) and West Bend East/West (409) earned the final sectional berths. Sophomores Shefali Bhatt of Fond du Lac (85), Grace Miller of Oshkosh North (92) and Madeline Kiley of Kimberly (92) earned sectional berths as did Neenah senior Bree Borgen (93).
2019 skinny: Sheboygan North/South figures to benefit tremendously from a competitive Fox River Classic Conference as it ventures into the WIAA postseason looking for its first state berth since 2011. Juniors Taylor Peper and Zjeneexa Vang form a solid, 1-2 punch and sophomore Ava Wittstock gives Sheboygan a solid No. 3 score. Kimberly, meanwhile, returns all five golfers from a team that missed out on a sectional berth by six shots a year ago. The 18-hole format could level the playing field as Fox Valley Association rivals Kaukauna, Neenah and Oshkosh North battle Kewaskum/Campbellsport of the North Shore Conference for the final two sectional berths .
Projected sectional team qualifiers: Sheboygan North/South, Kimberly, Oshkosh North, Kewaskum/Campbellsport .
Projected sectional individual qualifiers: Jenna Golden, Kaukauna; Ava Block, Kaukauna; Maisey Wilhelms, Fond du Lac; Annika Cheney, Neenah.
When: 9 a.m. Friday. Where: Baraboo CC.
2018 story: Minnesota State-Mankato recruit Sam Soulier shot 80 to earn medalist honors and Waunakee (348) packed its next four golfers within four shots of each other to win the DeForest regional at Lake Windsor Golf Club in Windsor. Madison West (357), DeForest (376) and Madison Memorial (385) earned the other three sectional team berths. Sophomore Sophie Denure (90) and senior Anna Davidson (97) of Portage, Baraboo junior Carly Moon (91) and Reedsburg junior Ashley Krieski (101) advanced to the sectional individually.
2019 skinny: Middleton joins this regional in place of 2018 sectional qualifier Madison Memorial, which will host its own regional, and brings with it state championship aspirations, not to mention a deep a lineup that can get the Cardinals there. They will go with seniors Katherine Meier and Makenzie Hodson, sophomores Ellie Frisch and Milanne Dahmen and freshman Amanda Beckman for the regional and should have no trouble adding a regional title to the Big Eight Conference title they won last week in Evansville. After Waunakee, just 10 strokes separate the Nos. 3 through 7 seeds and No. 8 seed DeForest finished third at the Baraboo Invitational on the same course in late August.
Projected sectional team qualifiers: Middleton, Waunakee, Baraboo, Reedsburg
Projected sectional individual qualifiers: Margo Bush, Madison West; Taryn Endres, DeForest; Sydney O'Hearn, Sun Prairie; Sophia Denure, Portage.
Madison Memorial regional
|Madison La Follette|
When: 8:30 a.m. Friday. Where: Blackhawk CC, Madison.
2018 story: Middleton junior Kate Meier earned medalist honors with a 76 as the Cardinals (351) edged Stoughton (354) for the team title at their own sectional at Pleasant View GC in Middleton. Meier was the only golfer to break 90 for Middleton, which went on to finish as the WIAA Division 1 state runner-up. Oregon (358) and Sun Prairie (381) squeezed out Verona (385) for the final two sectional team berths. Individual sectional berths went to Monona Grove senior Klairissa O'Reilly-Dye, Madison La Follette freshman Anelina Myhr, McFarland senior Niki Stubbe and Verona senior Nicole Thomas.
2019 skinny: This regional has a whole, new look to it with Middleton departing for the Baraboo regional. Stoughton brings the best nine-hole average into the nine-team regional thanks to the Kotlowski cousins (senior Myranda and junior Caylie). Host Madison Memorial is one of the most improved teams in the state under coach Brittany McNett-Emmerich, a former NCAA Division III standout at UW-Stout who is now the assistant professional at Blackhawk, where this regional will be held. Juniors Bridget McCarthy, Jilli Newman and Ana Kielley have been the catalysts for the Spartans' improvement and could help Memorial offset Stoughton's power at the top of the lineup. Verona and Oregon, who both sustained significant graduation losses after last season, still have enough talent to get through to the sectional (Verona's Andrea Schleeper is a solid No. 1 and Oregon's Alyysa Schmidt won the Badger South Conference title), but their claim on the final two berths will be challenged by a Jefferson team that has a capable No. 1 golfer, too, in Courtney Draeger.
Projected sectional team qualifiers: Stoughton, Madison Memorial, Oregon, Verona.
Projected sectional individual qualifiers: Courtney Draeger, Jefferson; Angelina Myhr, Madison La Follette; Ellie Lombardo, Mount Horeb; Emily Gates, McFarland.
Kettle Moraine sectional
When: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Where: Edgewood GC-Big Bend
2018 story: Junior Claudia Seeman (76) and senior Taylor Hakala (78) both broke 80 as Milton (330) topped Lake Geneva Badger (347) for the team title at the Janesville Parker regional at Riverside GC. Badger junior Holly Murphy was the medalist with a 74. Both Janesville entries advanced as teams with Parker (376) edging Craig (377) by one shot in the battle for third place. Fifth-place Jefferson (396) advanced two individuals, seniors Megan Gleisner (93) and Bre Deblare (94), while seniors Miranda Aalto (94) of Fort Atkinson and Ryley Rand (96) of Elkhorn also moved on to the sectional.
2019 skinny: Milton's hopes for a repeat regional championship were challenged by Kettle Moraine's arrival from the Franklin regional, where the Lasers began their Division 1 state tournament push, and further compromised after three golfers whose score counted at last year's regional are no longer in the program. Even so, the four golfers that the Red Hawks will bring to the Mukwonago regional still give them a legitimate chance to qualify through to the sectional. One of them is freshman Hannah Dunk, the runner-up in a tough field las week at the Badger South Conference Championship. No one will likely catch Kettle Moraine, which put together one of its best performances of the season at last week's Classic 8 Conference Championship and took the team title with a 316 score. Three golfers broke 80 and all five broke 90 in the 17-shot victory. Janesville Craig and Lake Geneva Badger, which joined Milton in qualifying for the state tournament out of this sectional a year ago, are expected to claim the two berths in between the Lasers and Milton.
Projected sectional team qualifiers: Kettle Moraine, Lake Geveva Badger/Williams Bay, Janesville Craig, Milton.
Projected sectional individual qualifiers: Ellie Craig, Mukwonago; Caroline Christiansen, East Troy; Bria McDade, Janesville Parker; Afton Malvitz, Elkhorn.
Kenosha Tremper regional
|Westosha Central/Shoreland Lutheran|
|Kenosha Indian Trail|
When: 9 a.m. Thursday. Where: Bristol Oaks GC-Bristol
2018 story: Sophomore Veronica Parco (85) and senior Sydney Staaden finished 1-2 as Union Grove (357) rolled to the team title ahead of fellow sectional team qualifiers Racine Case (386), Kenosha Tremper (393) and Wilmot (415). Seniors Samantha Durkee of Kenosha Indian Trail (95) and Hannah Stone of Racine Horlick (98) joined Westosha Central/Shoreland Lutheran junior Grace Anderson (104) and Racine Park sophomore Alexis Betker (104) in qualifying individually.
2019 skinny: Union Grove, the Southern Lakes Conference runner-up to Lake Geneva Badger last week, takes aim at another regional title with the strong tandem at the top of the lineup in junior Veronica Parco and freshman Norah Roberts. The Broncos have three other golfers capable of breaking 100, but probably won't need that to happen to get through to the sectional. Racine Case and Kenosha Tremper have shown the potential to flirt with sub-400 scores, but — after struggling at last week's Southeast Conference Championship — will be glad to just get through to the sectional.
Projected sectional team qualifiers: Union Grove, Racine Case, Kenosha Tremper, Kenosha Indian Trail.
Projected sectional individual qualifiers: Ava Litkey, Kenosha Bradford; Alexis Betker, Racine Park; Ellie O'Reilly, Westosha Central; Abby Luellen, Westosha Central .
Brookfield Central sectional
|Divine Savior Holy Angels|
|New Berlin Eisenhower/West|
|Pius XI Catholic|
When: 9 a.m. Wednesday. Where: Muskego Lakes CC.
2018 story: Junior Sami Krutz shot 77 and was the only golfer in the 45-player field to break 80 at Wanaki GC in Menomonee Falls as she took medalist honors and helped Brookfield Central (332) take the regional title on its home course ahead of Brookfield East (352). New Berlin Eisenhower/West (378) and Menomonee Falls (385) also made it through to the sectional. Wauwatosa East/West junior Rachel Kauflin (80), Glendale Nicolet sophomore Isa Pierri (82), Whitefish Bay sophomore Izzie Mort (84) and Milwaukee DSHA junior Anna Cesarz (96) also advanced to the sectional individually.
2019 skinny: Brookfield begins its quest for a 10th consecutive WIAA Division 1 state tournament appearance by riding a victory at last week's Greater Metro Conference Championship into the postseason. Sophomore Sarah Balding won the GMC title with a 68, edging Wauwatosa East/West's Rachel Kauflin by one storke, as the Lancers won with a 302 team total. Kurtz shot 73 and the four other golfers in the play-six/count-four format for Brookfield Central all shot 86 or better, installing the Lancers as a heavy favorite to win a sectional it will host next week in what could be the final high school girls event at Wanaki GC. Milwaukee DSHA (Anna Cesarz), Franklin (Mallory Swartz), Wauwatosa East/West (Kauflin), Oak Creek (Ellie Behring) and Whitefish Bay (Izzi Mort) all have strong No. 1 golfers, which should make the scramble for the three other sectional team berths quite competitive.
Projected sectional team qualifiers: Brookfield Central, Franklin, Milwaukee DSHA, Oak Creek.
Projected sectional individual qualifiers: Rachel Kauflin, Wauwatosa East/West, Izzi Mort, Whitefish Bay; Hadley Mueller, Brookfield East; Olivia McSorley, Brookfield East.
Waukesha South regional
|Waukesha South Co-op|
When: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Where: Broadlands GC-North Prairie.
2018 story: Kettle Moraine junior Julia Schilling shot 78 to earn a share of medalist honors with Franklin's Mallory Swartz as the Laser placed all five golfers in the top 10 and won the Franklin regional with a 324 score. Franklin (363), Waukesha Catholic Memorial (389) and Mukwonago (399) grabbed the three other sectional team berths ahead of Oak Creek (402), Waukesha co-op (406) and Waterford (409). Waterford senior Aubrie Torhorst (85), Oak Creek sophomroe Ellie Behring (86), Waukesha co-op senior Josie Minz (98) and Muskego sophomore Leah Minchk (100) all earn sectional berths individually.
2019 skinny: A major restructuring of regionals in the Milwaukee area resulted in Hartland Arrowhead, Watertown and Oconomowoc coming into this regional while Kettle Moraine, Franklin and Mukwonago were shipped out. The result is four Classic 8 rivals (Hartland Arrowhead, Waukesha Catholic Memorial, Oconomowoc and Waukesha co-op) will battle for sectional berths with Pewaukee, which is coming off its first girls golf conference championship in the Woodland Conference. Arrowhead (333) won the battle with Catholic Memorial (356), Waukesha co-op (377) and Oconomowoc (397) on this same Broadlands course at last week's conference championship while Muskego (399) wasn't far behind. Likewise, Watertown (fourth in the Badger South Conference) and Sussex Hamilton (sixth in the Greater Metro) have the potential to flirt with sub-400 scores as well.
Projected sectional team qualifiers: Hartland Arrowhead, Waukesha Catholic Memorial, Waukesha South co-op, Oconomowoc.
Projected sectional individual qualifiers: Andrea Tietz, Watertown; Leah Minchk, Muskego; Ella Bergman, Pewaukee; Sophia Schoenfeld, Waterford.