Jenna Anderson has never slept on a lead in a two-day junior golf tournament and the way the junior-to-be at Kettle Moraine High School was quoting Rocky Balboa after she got her hands on one Monday, it's a safe bet she'll come out fighting Tuesday.
Anderson landed the first punch at the Sherri Steinhauer Invitational by playing a 10-hole stretch in the middle of the first round in 3-under-par en route to a 1-over 73 at Blackhawk Country Club. Despite finishing bogey/double-bogey, the Dousman golfer will take a two-shot advantage over Oconomowoc's Grace Suter and Stoughton's Caylie Kotlowski entering the final round Tuesday when the 36-hole event moves to Pleasant View Golf Course in Middleton.
Delafield's Reagan Stuke, Anderson's teammate at Kettle Moraine, shot 77 and was tied for fourth with Waunakee's Sydney Grimm. Two-time defending champion Rachel Kauflin of Wauwatosa opened with an 81.
"Leading after Day 1 is really special, especially because of the venue and the quality of the field," Anderson wrote via text to Wisconsin.Golf. "I always tell myself, 'One step at a time, one punch at a time, one round at a time.'"
That was Balboa talking. Anderson did her talking with her clubs.
She began her round on the back nine with back-to-back birdies and then got to 3-under with another birdie on No. 14. She bogeyed No. 17 after she pulled her drive and then double-bogeyed the par-3 18th after she dumped her tee shot into a green-side bunker and three-putted after blasting out.
Anderson went to 1-under with a birdie at No. 3, but dropped back after a double-bogey on the par-4 sixth. All-in-all, though, she couldn't complain about her first trip around the tight Blackhawk CC layout.
"I feel great about my round and my game is in a great spot," Anderson wrote. "My strategy was to make sure I hit fairways because I had never been to Blackhawk before (Monday) and I was able to do that."
That will be the strategy again Tuesday in the company of Suter and Kotlowski, who both have enjoyed strong summers highlighted by top-20 finishes at both the Wisconsin State Women's Open and Wisconsin State Women's Amateur.
Suter survived Round 1 — "I’m not the biggest Blackhawk fan 😂," Suter wrote in a text — with three birdies, two bogeys and two double-bogeys. In two previous Sherri Steinhauer appearances, Suter has improved by nine strokes, on average, at Pleasant View after struggling on opening day at Blackhawk.
"I’ve only played Pleasant View twice, but from what I remember it’s pretty open and generously short so hopefully I can keep my tee shots in play and keep my wedges close," Suter wrote. "If I can do that I give myself a good shot at a low score. But, as you know, golf doesn’t always go to plan so I’m gonna just play my game and be patient."
Kotlowski showed great patience after bogeying four of her first five holes in the opening round. She played her next 12 holes in 2-under before a bogey at No. 18 dropped her into a tie for second with Suter, but is looking forward to Round 2 at Pleasant View where she shot 75 a year ago to rally to finish 11th.
"I feel like I played pretty (well) and once I got through the first couple holes I fell into my groove and hit the ball where I wanted," Kotlowski wrote. "I feel comfortable playing at Pleasant View and (if I) play my game, hopefully (I can) come back to (win)."
|1||Jenna Anderson 2022, Dousman, WI||+1||F||+1||73||73|
|T2||Grace Suter 2020, Oconomowoc, WI||+3||F||+3||75||75|
|T2||Caylie Kotlowski 2021, Stoughton, WI||+3||F||+3||75||75|
|T4||Hannah Dunk 2023, Janesville, WI||+5||F||+5||77||77|
|T4||Reagan Stuke 2021, Delafield, WI||+5||F||+5||77||77|
|T4||Sydney Grimm 2021, Waunakee, WI||+5||F||+5||77||77|
|T4||Skye Two Hawks Skenandore 2024, De Pere, WI||+5||F||+5||77||77|
|T8||Kallie Lux 2021, Janesville, WI||+6||F||+6||78||78|
|T8||Sadie Kelley 2020, Green Bay, WI||+6||F||+6||78||78|
|T10||Mya Nicholson 2024, Milton, WI||+7||F||+7||79||79|
|T10||Katelyn Walker 2024, Kenosha, WI||+7||F||+7||79||79|
|12||Sarah Balding 2022, Brookfield, WI||+8||F||+8||80||80|
|T13||Rachel Kauflin 2020, Wauwatosa, WI||+9||F||+9||81||81|
|T13||Amanda Karvala 2021, New Berlin, WI||+9||F||+9||81||81|
|T13||Glenna Sanderson 2021, Middleton, WI||+9||F||+9||81||81|
|T13||Catalina Easley 2024, Cantrall, IL||+9||F||+9||81||81|
|T17||Lauren Peterson 2022, Hartland, WI||+10||F||+10||82||82|
|T17||Kylie Walker 2024, Kenosha, WI||+10||F||+10||82||82|
|T17||Izzi Stricker 2024, Madison, WI||+10||F||+10||82||82|
|T17||Norah Roberts 2023, Racine, WI||+10||F||+10||82||82|
|T17||Grace Durkin 2023, Green Bay, WI||+10||F||+10||82||82|
|T22||Maya Heckmann 2021, Middleton, WI||+11||F||+11||83||83|
|T22||Alyssa Schmidt 2021, Oregon, WI||+11||F||+11||83||83|
|T22||Madison Haugen 2024, Brookfield, WI||+11||F||+11||83||83|
|T22||Sophia Lawler 2023, Racine, WI||+11||F||+11||83||83|
|T26||Emma Onesti 2020, New Franken, WI||+12||F||+12||84||84|
|T26||Avery Dudra 2022, Suamico, WI||+12||F||+12||84||84|
|T26||Madeline Fiebig 2022, Waukesha, WI||+12||F||+12||84||84|
|T26||Haley Thoeny 2022, Lodi, WI||+12||F||+12||84||84|
|T26||Grace Welch 2020, Madison, WI||+12||F||+12||84||84|
|T31||Jolie Guyette 2021, De Pere, WI||+13||F||+13||85||85|
|T31||Jilli Newman 2021, Madison, WI||+13||F||+13||85||85|
|T31||McKenna Nelson 2027, Beaver Dam, WI||+13||F||+13||85||85|
|T34||Abbey Beranek 2022, Green Bay, WI||+14||F||+14||86||86|
|T34||Ashleyjen Powell 2023, Appleton, WI||+14||F||+14||86||86|
|T34||Vivian Cressman 2024, Middleton, WI||+14||F||+14||86||86|
|T37||Nora Purtell 2022, Brookfield, WI||+15||F||+15||87||87|
|T37||C.J. Romero 2021, Brookfield, WI||+15||F||+15||87||87|
|T37||Eleanor Potter 2022, Mequon, WI||+15||F||+15||87||87|
|T37||Bridget McCarthy 2021, Verona, WI||+15||F||+15||87||87|
|T37||Treva Dodd 2024, Brookfield, WI||+15||F||+15||87||87|
|T37||Emma Pierson 2025, Cherry Valley, IL||+15||F||+15||87||87|
|43||Emma Raimer 2023, West Bend, WI||+16||F||+16||88||88|
|T44||Payton Dube 2020, Hancock, MI||+17||F||+17||89||89|
|T44||Allie Gosenheimer 2021, Brookfield, WI||+17||F||+17||89||89|
|T44||Payton Schmidt 2024, Jefferson, WI||+17||F||+17||89||89|
|T44||Amelie Koecher 2023, Evanston, IL||+17||F||+17||89||89|
|T48||Belle Mae Williams 2022, Green Bay, WI||+19||F||+19||91||91|
|T48||Rylie Severson 2020, Green Bay||+19||F||+19||91||91|
|50||Emily Hopp 2022, Appleton, WI||+20||F||+20||92||92|
|T51||Carly Moon 2020, Baraboo, WI||+21||F||+21||93||93|
|T51||Aly Kinzel 2021, Waunakee, WI||+21||F||+21||93||93|
|T51||Jordan Shipshock 2024, Waunakee, WI||+21||F||+21||93||93|
|T54||Lauren Ambrookian 2022, Menomonee Falls, WI||+22||F||+22||94||94|
|T54||Isabella Pierri 2021, Fox Point, WI||+22||F||+22||94||94|
|T54||Ellen Close 2024, Middleton WI||+22||F||+22||94||94|
|T54||Ava Frederiksen 2024, Plover, WI||+22||F||+22||94||94|
|T58||Milanne Dahmen 2022, Middleton, WI||+23||F||+23||95||95|
|T58||Alix Kundinger 2022, Hortonville, WI||+23||F||+23||95||95|
|T58||Andrea Tietz 2019, Watertown, WI||+23||F||+23||95||95|
|T58||Kate Krueger 2024, Hartland, WI||+23||F||+23||95||95|
|T58||Zoe Gryniewicz 2027, Wauwatosa, WI||+23||F||+23||95||95|
|T63||Erin Rosencrantz 2021, Brookfield, WI||+24||F||+24||96||96|
|T63||Natalie Hoege 2021, Waunakee, WI||+24||F||+24||96||96|
|T63||Haley Prudhomme 2021, Menomonee Falls, WI||+24||F||+24||96||96|
|T63||Brianna Kirsch 2024, Lancaster, WI||+24||F||+24||96||96|
|T63||Sarah Nakada 2023, Madison, WI||+24||F||+24||96||96|
|T68||Kaitlyn Brunken 2020, Reedsburg, WI||+26||F||+26||98||98|
|T68||Ava Beranek 2024, Green Bay, WI||+26||F||+26||98||98|
|T68||Kadyn Peery 2024, Racine, WI||+26||F||+26||98||98|
|71||Emily Gastrau 2023, Wauwatosa, WI||+27||F||+27||99||99|
|T72||Callie Hakala 2021, Milton, WI||+28||F||+28||100||100|
|T72||Bela Dodd 2026, Brookfield, WI||+28||F||+28||100||100|
|T72||Kendall Humphries-Solis 2025, Wilmette, IL||+28||F||+28||100||100|
|75||Olivia Cronin 2022, Beloit, WI||+30||F||+30||102||102|
|76||Allyssa Thao 2023, Madison, WI||+31||F||+31||103||103|
|77||Dulce Aguirre 2022, Stoughton, WI||+35||F||+35||107||107|
|78||Madeline Maraccini 2022, Racine, WI||+37||F||+37||109||109|
|79||Payton Morton 2024, Twin Lakes, WI||+48||F||+48||120||120|
|T80||Sarah Fosbinder 2021, Franksville, WI||+50||F||+50||122||122|
|T80||Jackyln Thao 2025, Madison, WI||+50||F||+50||122||122|
Note: Tuesday's final round to be played at Pleasant View GC-Middleton.