2018 Wisconsin State Women's Open | Cedarburg's Elise Hoven

2018 Wisconsin State Women's Open | Cedarburg's Elise Hoven

2017 champion: Mequon Homestead (348).

2017 medalist: Speedy Kent, Mequon Homestead (80).

Top 2017 WIAA finishes: Team — Mequon Homestead shot 349 and finished third at the WIAA Division 1 Fond du Lac sectional, 40 shots behind winner and eventual state champion Hartland Arrowhead and eight shots behind runner-up Kaukauna and a state berth.  Individual — Homestead seniors Speedy Kent (80-76) and Isabelle Maleki (83-76) finished tied for 10th and 14th, respectively, at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament, well behind state champion Mia Seeman (71-74) in the 36-hole event.

2018 Preseason All-Conference

First team: Sophie Christianson, jr., Hartford; Lauren Craig, sr., West Bend East/West; Elise Hoven, so., Cedarburg; Annika Jahr, sr., Cedarburg; Izzie Mort, so., Whitefish Bay.

Second team: Alyssa Dreher, jr., Kewaskum/Campbellsport; Lexi Fiorentino, sr., West Bend East/West;  Amanda Ruona, jr., Hartford; Natalie Schwab, sr., Whitefish Bay; Maddie Wilke, jr., Cedarburg.

What to watch: The Speedy Kent era at Mequon Homestead and, with the four-time WIAA Division 1 state qualifier having graduated to NCAA Division 1 Wofford, the top of the North Shore Conference has a brand new look to it. Cedarburg, the runner-up by 15 shots to Homestead a year ago, appears to have the best combination of depth and firepower with talented sophomore Elise Hoven leading the way, but Hartford showed in a two-stroke mini-meet victory Wednesday that the Bulldogs will have to play well consistently to get where they want to go this season. The North Shore's history of developing young talent over the course of the season should make next week's conference tournament at Washington County GC in Hartford an interesting study in which program has developed the most since the start of this weather-challenged season.

Conference tournament: Sept. 17 (Washington County GC-Hartford).

Projected top three: Cedarburg, Hartford, West Bend East/West.

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.