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Hayward's Emily Neff chips on Tuesday during the second round of the WIAA Girls Division 2 State Championship at University Ridge. Neff finished the tournament in second place, two shot behind the medalist.

2017 champion: Tournament — Hayward (375). Overall — Hayward and Maple Northwestern (30 points).

2017 medalist: Emily Neff, Hayward (76).

Top 2017 WIAA finishes: Team — Hayward shot 392 and finished fifth at the WIAA Division 2 Luck Co-op sectional, 34 shots behind winner Stanley-Boyd and 8 shots behind runner-up Somerset and the second state berth.  Individual — Hayward junior Emily Neff shot 81-81 and finished second at the WIAA Division 2 state tournament, two shots behind winner Erika Priebe of Appleton Fox Valley Lutheran.

2018 Preseason All-Conference

First team: Ally King, sr., Hayward; Emily Neff, sr., Hayward; Abi Robbins, sr., Hayward; Lauren Raboin, sr., Superior; Kiernan Smith, jr., Maple Northwestern.

Second team: Emma Erickson, sr., Cumberland; Emma Knutson, sr., Barron; Chloe Larson, sr., Maple Northwestern; Alysa Stinson, jr., Hayward; Molly Susedik, sr., Ladysmith.

What to watch: With all five golfers back off a team that missed a WIAA Division 2 state berth for just the second time in the last six years, Hayward has all the tools to make a deep postseason run in 2018. Hurricane senior Emily Neff, a three-time state qualifier coming off back-to-back top-seven finishes at University Ridge, has the experience to contend for top honors at the state tournament and some of her best competition could come from her own backyard. Like the Neff's team, Maple Northwestern's Kiernan Smith is hungry to atone for missing out on a state berth last fall with a tough day at the Luck co-op sectional, where she shot 93. She has already broken 80 at two large invitationals (Hayward and Superior) and looks poised for a breakout season.

Conference tournament: Sept. 19 (Nemadji GC-Superior).

Projected top three: Hayward, Maple Northwestern, Superior.


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.