2019 Lake Arrowhead Invitational | Day 1 | Jo Baranczyk, Elise Hoven

2019 Lake Arrowhead Invitational | Day 1 | Jo Baranczyk, Elise Hoven

TOWN OF ROME — Every year Jo Baranczyk comes to the Lake Arrowhead Invitational, the Class of 2021 golfer from Green Bay feels her age in new and demanding ways.

This year is no different for the junior-to-be at Bay Port High School.

Not only is Baranczyk now among the oldest competitors in her fifth start here, she acknowledged Monday that she is also among those with the most at stake. And she played like it in the opening round at the Pines Course.

Baranczyk, 16, shot 4-over-par 76 and took a three-stroke lead over Jessica Guiser, 13, of Hartland in the girls division after one round of the 36-hole event. Marinette's Ty Kretz, Middleton's Thomas Kriewalt and Hartland's Piercen Hunt each shot even-par 72 and shared the lead in the boys division.

The final round is Tuesday with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. on the Lakes Course.

"It's definitely the most important (summer)," Baranczyk said. "I hope, by the end of the year, to have college figured out. This is the time. It's really important, these next few tournaments, I know I have to do my best and play well.

"Hopefully, that will work out."

Indeed, with a victory, the defending champion will earn one of two exemptions into the PGA Girls National Junior Championship, which is July 9 through 12 at Keney Park Golf Club in Hartford, Connecticut. The other berth will be awarded to the top eligible girl at next week's WPGA Junior Championship.

But first things first. Baranczyk has a lead to protect.

She got the lead after a bit of a bumpy start. Baranczyk opened with a birdie on No. 10 only to bogey her next three holes. She followed that up with eight straight pars ahead of a bogey at No. 4 and a double-bogey at the par-4 fifth hole. But Baranczyk finished with a flurry, playing her final four holes in 1-under thanks to a birdie on No. 18.

"In the beginning of the year, I had a few rough rounds and I think (college) might have gotten into my head," Baranczyk said. "I took a little (time) off from golf to focus on school and stuff. I just realized if I think about it, I'm not going to play well. Today was a lot of fun — I played with Elise (Hoven) and Jessica — and they made it a lot of fun so I didn't really worry about it."

This 32nd annual event certainly had a different vibe for those competing in the boys division than their last outing — the pressure-packed WIAA state tournament, where every team and individual seemingly had a horse in the race.

"It's weird because there is not that much of a burden or you don't have to pull your weight or anything like that," said Kriewaldt, who also didn't have to wear his school colors (cardinal and white), opting instead for an orange polo and gray shorts. "If you play bad, it's your fault. You don't have to worry about the team aspect. I was more just playing for me today instead of playing for the team. It's like a weight off your back almost. You feel more free; you don't have to take 4-irons off the tee to secure position. I was definitely a lot more aggressive than I was during the high school season."

That's a transition that hasn't come easily for Hunt, who shot 78-75 in this event a year ago and 80-72 in his debut in 2014. He, too, started strong with birdies on his first two holes only to offset those with back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 4 and 5 and make the turn in 1-over 37 after a bogey at No. 9. He then played his final nine holes in 1-under par with eight pars and a birdie on the par-5 11th.

In the last two years, I struggled in this event, I think, for that reason," Hunt said. "The change from high school golf to playing for myself or my parents or whatever I'm playing for that day, it's a lot different feeling than playing for four other guys and your coach."

Monday's feeling was also a lot more satisfying than the one he took with him last Tuesday from University Ridge Golf Course after his reign as two-time defending Division 1 state champion came to an end.

"I just left University Ridge feeling like I hadn't lived up to my own expectations of myself. I didn't really think about what anyone else would have expected of me. I just knew I under-performed from what I wanted to do. It's a matter of looking at your summer in a perspective where you can set your goals and put a plan in place that works for you. There was only a short time between last Tuesday and (Monday). I was able to get something in my mind for what I wanted to accomplish this summer and I'm off to a good start for the first round of (the summer)." 


T1Thomas Kriewaldt  2020, Madison, WIEFE72 72 
T1Ty Kretz  2021, MarinetteEFE72 72 
T1Piercen Hunt  2020, Hartland, WIEFE72 72 
T4Jiseung Choi  2020, Houghton, MI+2F+274 74 
T4Joshua Teplin  2020, Mequon, WI+2F+274 74 
T4Lukas Heckmann  2019, Middleton, WI+2F+274 74 
T4Danny Sanicki  2019, Menomonee Falls, WI+2F+274 74 
T4Cameron Huss  2020, Kenosha, WI+2F+274 74 
T9Kyle Wille  2019, Edgerton, WI+3F+375 75 
T9Connor Brown  2019, Racine+3F+375 75 
T11Ansen Nomm  2020, Minocqua, WI+4F+476 76 
T11Jamozzy Skenandore  2020, De Pere, WI+4F+476 76 
T11Zak Kulka  2019, Beaver Dam, WI+4F+476 76 
T14Drew Sagrillo  2019, Pewaukee, WI+5F+577 77 
T14Logan Lillehaug  2020, Frederic, WI+5F+577 77 
T16Benjamin Pausha  2021, Delafield, WI+6F+678 78 
T16Simon Cuskey  2020, Rice Lake, WI+6F+678 78 
T16Jacob Beckman  2021, Middleton, WI+6F+678 78 
T16Drake Wilcox  2020, Sheboygan, WI+6F+678 78 
T16Jack Lutze  2020, Brookfield, WI+6F+678 78 
21Samuel Nielsen  2020, Fond Du Lac, WI+7F+779 79 
T22Alex Borgen  2020, Neenah, WI+8F+880 80 
T22Preston Cedergren  2020, Green Bay, WI+8F+880 80 
T22Kyle Bengtson  2020, Woodruff, WI+8F+880 80 
T22Tyler Cleaves  2019, Kaukauna, WI+8F+880 80 
T26Maxwell Reis  2022, De Pere, WI+9F+981 81 
T26Maxamillian Xiong  2021, River Falls, WI+9F+981 81 
T26Joseph Forsting  2019, Edgerton, WI+9F+981 81 
T26Steven Sanicki  2019, Menomonee Falls, WI+9F+981 81 
T30Grant Wininger  2019, Racine, WI+10F+1082 82 
T30Ian Behringer  2019, Manitowoc, WI+10F+1082 82 
T30Marty Swab  2020, Menomonee Falls, WI+10F+1082 82 
T33Noah Kirsch  2022, Lancaster, WI+11F+1183 83 
T33Alex Koenig  2023, Wales, WI+11F+1183 83 
35Matthew Raab  2019, Hartland, WI+12F+1284 84 
T36Addison Raimer  2021, West Bend, WI+13F+1385 85 
T36Maxwell Schmidtke  2019, Sheboygan, WI+13F+1385 85


1Jo Baranczyk  2021, Green Bay, WI+4F+476 76 
2Jessica Guiser  2024, Hartland, WI+7F+779 79 
T3Meredith Boos  2020, Waukesha, WI+8F+880 80 
T3Mallory Swartz  2020, Franklin, WI+8F+880 80 
T3Elise Hoven  2021, Grafton, WI+8F+880 80 
6Myranda Kotlowski  2020, Stoughton, WI+10F+1082 82 
7Brighton Young  2021, Loves Park, IL+11F+1183 83 
8Sadie Kelley  2020, Green Bay, WI+12F+1284 84 
9Skye Two Hawks Skenandore  2024, De Pere, WI+13F+1385 85 
10Sarah Balding  2022, Brookfield, WI+14F+1486 86 
11Holly Murphy  2020, Lake Geneva WI+15F+1587 87 
12Grace Suter  2020, Oconomowoc, WI+17F+1789 89 
T13Ashleyjen Powell  2023, Appleton, WI+18F+1890 90 
T13Riley Pechinski  2023, Plover, WI+18F+1890 90 
15Jolie Guyette  2021, De Pere, WI+19F+1991 91 
T16Madison Haugen  2024, Brookfield, WI+20F+2092 92 
T16Lily Sheppard  2019, Sherwood, WI+20F+2092 92 
18Grace Warrner  2019, Lakewood, WI+23F+2395 95 
19Kallie Lux  2021, Janesville, WI+25F+2597 97 
20Treva Dodd  2024, Brookfield, WI+26F+2698 98 
21Emma Onesti  2020, New Franken, WI+27F+2799