2020 Wisconsin State Women's Open | Jenna Anderson, Douseman

Dousman's Jenna Anderson tees off during the first round of the 2020 Wisconsin State Women's Open.

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)."

1Jenna Anderson  2022, Dousman, WI+1F+173 73 
T2Grace Suter  2020, Oconomowoc, WI+3F+375 75 
T2Caylie Kotlowski  2021, Stoughton, WI+3F+375 75 
T4Hannah Dunk  2023, Janesville, WI+5F+577 77 
T4Reagan Stuke  2021, Delafield, WI+5F+577 77 
T4Sydney Grimm  2021, Waunakee, WI+5F+577 77 
T4Skye Two Hawks Skenandore  2024, De Pere, WI+5F+577 77 
T8Kallie Lux  2021, Janesville, WI+6F+678 78 
T8Sadie Kelley  2020, Green Bay, WI+6F+678 78 
T10Mya Nicholson  2024, Milton, WI+7F+779 79 
T10Katelyn Walker  2024, Kenosha, WI+7F+779 79 
12Sarah Balding  2022, Brookfield, WI+8F+880 80 
T13Rachel Kauflin  2020, Wauwatosa, WI+9F+981 81 
T13Amanda Karvala  2021, New Berlin, WI+9F+981 81 
T13Glenna Sanderson  2021, Middleton, WI+9F+981 81 
T13Catalina Easley  2024, Cantrall, IL+9F+981 81 
T17Lauren Peterson  2022, Hartland, WI+10F+1082 82 
T17Kylie Walker  2024, Kenosha, WI+10F+1082 82 
T17Izzi Stricker  2024, Madison, WI+10F+1082 82 
T17Norah Roberts  2023, Racine, WI+10F+1082 82 
T17Grace Durkin  2023, Green Bay, WI+10F+1082 82 
T22Maya Heckmann  2021, Middleton, WI+11F+1183 83 
T22Alyssa Schmidt  2021, Oregon, WI+11F+1183 83 
T22Madison Haugen  2024, Brookfield, WI+11F+1183 83 
T22Sophia Lawler  2023, Racine, WI+11F+1183 83 
T26Emma Onesti  2020, New Franken, WI+12F+1284 84 
T26Avery Dudra  2022, Suamico, WI+12F+1284 84 
T26Madeline Fiebig  2022, Waukesha, WI+12F+1284 84 
T26Haley Thoeny  2022, Lodi, WI+12F+1284 84 
T26Grace Welch  2020, Madison, WI+12F+1284 84 
T31Jolie Guyette  2021, De Pere, WI+13F+1385 85 
T31Jilli Newman  2021, Madison, WI+13F+1385 85 
T31McKenna Nelson  2027, Beaver Dam, WI+13F+1385 85 
T34Abbey Beranek  2022, Green Bay, WI+14F+1486 86 
T34Ashleyjen Powell  2023, Appleton, WI+14F+1486 86 
T34Vivian Cressman  2024, Middleton, WI+14F+1486 86 
T37Nora Purtell  2022, Brookfield, WI+15F+1587 87 
T37C.J. Romero  2021, Brookfield, WI+15F+1587 87 
T37Eleanor Potter  2022, Mequon, WI+15F+1587 87 
T37Bridget McCarthy  2021, Verona, WI+15F+1587 87 
T37Treva Dodd  2024, Brookfield, WI+15F+1587 87 
T37Emma Pierson  2025, Cherry Valley, IL+15F+1587 87 
43Emma Raimer  2023, West Bend, WI+16F+1688 88 
T44Payton Dube  2020, Hancock, MI+17F+1789 89 
T44Allie Gosenheimer  2021, Brookfield, WI+17F+1789 89 
T44Payton Schmidt  2024, Jefferson, WI+17F+1789 89 
T44Amelie Koecher  2023, Evanston, IL+17F+1789 89 
T48Belle Mae Williams  2022, Green Bay, WI+19F+1991 91 
T48Rylie Severson  2020, Green Bay+19F+1991 91 
50Emily Hopp  2022, Appleton, WI+20F+2092 92 
T51Carly Moon  2020, Baraboo, WI+21F+2193 93 
T51Aly Kinzel  2021, Waunakee, WI+21F+2193 93 
T51Jordan Shipshock  2024, Waunakee, WI+21F+2193 93 
T54Lauren Ambrookian  2022, Menomonee Falls, WI+22F+2294 94 
T54Isabella Pierri  2021, Fox Point, WI+22F+2294 94 
T54Ellen Close  2024, Middleton WI+22F+2294 94 
T54Ava Frederiksen  2024, Plover, WI+22F+2294 94 
T58Milanne Dahmen  2022, Middleton, WI+23F+2395 95 
T58Alix Kundinger  2022, Hortonville, WI+23F+2395 95 
T58Andrea Tietz  2019, Watertown, WI+23F+2395 95 
T58Kate Krueger  2024, Hartland, WI+23F+2395 95 
T58Zoe Gryniewicz  2027, Wauwatosa, WI+23F+2395 95 
T63Erin Rosencrantz  2021, Brookfield, WI+24F+2496 96 
T63Natalie Hoege  2021, Waunakee, WI+24F+2496 96 
T63Haley Prudhomme  2021, Menomonee Falls, WI+24F+2496 96 
T63Brianna Kirsch  2024, Lancaster, WI+24F+2496 96 
T63Sarah Nakada  2023, Madison, WI+24F+2496 96 
T68Kaitlyn Brunken  2020, Reedsburg, WI+26F+2698 98 
T68Ava Beranek  2024, Green Bay, WI+26F+2698 98 
T68Kadyn Peery  2024, Racine, WI+26F+2698 98 
71Emily Gastrau  2023, Wauwatosa, WI+27F+2799 99 
T72Callie Hakala  2021, Milton, WI+28F+28100 100 
T72Bela Dodd  2026, Brookfield, WI+28F+28100 100 
T72Kendall Humphries-Solis  2025, Wilmette, IL+28F+28100 100 
75Olivia Cronin  2022, Beloit, WI+30F+30102 102 
76Allyssa Thao  2023, Madison, WI+31F+31103 103 
77Dulce Aguirre  2022, Stoughton, WI+35F+35107 107 
78Madeline Maraccini  2022, Racine, WI+37F+37109 109 
79Payton Morton  2024, Twin Lakes, WI+48F+48120 120 
T80Sarah Fosbinder  2021, Franksville, WI+50F+50122 122 
T80Jackyln Thao  2025, Madison, WI+50F+50122 122 

Note: Tuesday's final round to be played at Pleasant View GC-Middleton.

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