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WEST BEND — Emily Lauterbach had to twist her own arm to play in the Wisconsin Women’s State Amateur Championship this week. She waited until the last minute of an extended registration period to enter and then had second thoughts about teeing it up at West Bend Country Club. In the end, as her six-shot victory in the 54-hole tournament showed Wednesday, she made the right decision. Read more >Emily Lauterbach adds a Wisconsin Women's Amateur title to her two State Opens with a six-shot victory at West Bend Country Club

Mia Seeman and Sarah Busey grabbed lunch Tuesday with Emily Lauterbach  at West Bend Country Club. Abby Cavaiani joined to make it a foursome. That proved to be a critical break in a long day for Lauterbach, who had just watched her four-stroke lead at the Wisconsin State Women's Amateur shrink to one as golfers paused between rounds of the 36-hole opener. Read more >Badgers golfer Emily Lauterbach rides hot streaks at difficult West Bend CC to take a 4-shot lead in the 36-hole Women's State Am opener

Rachel Kauflin was as proud that she and Mallory Swartz played a lot of "boring golf" this week at La Crosse Country Club as Swartz was that she and Kauflin walked away Wednesday afternoon with their first Wisconsin State Golf Association women's golf championship. Read more >Bowling Green's Mallory Swartz, Central Michigan's Rachel Kauflin team up to win first WSGA title at State Women's Four-Ball

Better junior programs and tournaments, better instruction, better equipment, better competition — better everything — has produced a generation of golfers in Wisconsin that's never been better. Just look around at the competition taking place from high school to college to the pro tours. Read more >From high school to college and beyond, the game of golf is in great (young) hands in Wisconsin

Carolyn Barnett-Howe, whose resume is equally impressive as a player and a teacher, and John Jenson, a self-described “volunteer junkie” and president of the Wisconsin Public Links Association since 2002, are the newest members of the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame. Also elected to the Class of 2022 was Frances S. Hadfield, who won five Wisconsin Women’s Match Play titles between 1917 and 1926 and died in 1953. Read more >Carolyn Barnett-Howe, John Jenson and Frances Hadfield elected to the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame

Kaylor Steger began the second round of the Balance & Believe Invitational with a bogey on the par-4 third hole and made six pars and one birdie in the seven holes after that, not the start the Mount Pleasant mini-tour golfer needed to make a run at victory in this popular one-day, 36-hole event at Blackhawk Cc. Read more >Kaylor Steger survives two-hole playoff, dispatching Keegan Drugan, Chris Johnson along the way, to win Balance & Believe Invitational

Fo Becky Halverson, the main goal of her Chip & Sip program is to get women to feel comfortable at the golf course, an environment that many had not previously experienced and that can be intimidating to those who don’t know the game, its language, rules or other basics. “Some of them don’t know how to hold a golf club,” she said. Read more >At Pleasant View GC, Becky Halverson's 'Chip & Sip' program for women aims to provide a comfort level for golf newcomers

GREEN LAKE — As a rule, golfing with Emily Lauterbach is a lot more fun than it was Thursday on the Woodlands Course at the Golf Courses of Lawsonia. But Bobbi Stricker understood. She also kept to herself more than she would have had she and her former University of Wisconsin teammate been doing this for fun. That's how badly both wanted to win the Wisconsin State Women's Open Championship. Read more >In tense all-action and no-talk showdown, Emily Lauterbach bests Bobbi Stricker in a playoff for her second State Women's Open title

Former University of Wisconsin golfer Bobbi Stricker rallied on the back nine with a 4-under-par 32 to shoot 2-under 70 and catch current Badger Emily Lauterbach for a share of the lead Wednesday at the Wisconsin State Women's Open Championship. Lauterbach, who won this championship in 2020, shot a 4-under 68 to join Stricker at 2-under 142 heading into Thursday's final round. Read more >Bobbi Stricker, Emily Lauterbach keep their cool on a hot, muggy day at Lawsonia, lead an all-Badgers final pairing at State Women's Open

Bobbi Stricker and defending champion Mia Seeman shot even-par 72s to take a one-stroke lead on Bella Dory after 18 holes of what, for the first time, will be a 54-hole championship at the Woodlands Course at the Golf Courses of Lawsonia. Emily Lauterbach and Caylie Kotlowski were another shot back after shooting in 74s. Read more >Madison's Bobbi Stricker, Milton's Mia Seeman rise to the top at State Women's Open ... with a little help from their friend

Mia Seeman, who won the 2021 title in a playoff over Oconomowoc's Grace Suter on Lawsonia's famed Links Course, will defend it at the same facility on its recently renovated Woodlands Course. She will lead a 57-player field of 47 amateurs and 10 professionals into the 26th annual competition, which is expanding from 36 holes over two days to 54 over three. Read more >Milton's Mia Seeman looks forward to defending Wisconsin State Women's Open title, upcoming transfer to Lipscomb University

WATERTOWN — The first thing Ava Salay did Wednesday when she was led into the clubhouse at Watertown Country Club and shown the trophy that will soon include her name for winning the Wisconsin State Women's Match Play Championship was admire the legendary names already on it. "It's crazy," said the rising senior at Prescott High School. Read more >Prescott's Ava Salay etches her name on State Women's Match Play trophy with come-from-behind win over 2020 champ Lorenza Martinez

POS NATWISCONSIN LEADERBOARD TOTALTHRUTODAYR1R2R3R4STROKES T37 1Tess Hackworthy  Madison, WI+14F+4757775 227 Full Leaderboard1 2Loretta Giovannettone  Jupiter, FL-3F-3707268 210 2 2Ginger Howard  Bradenton, FLEF-1717270 213 T3 5Annika Clark  Highlands, TX+2F-1727370 215 T3 3Elizabeth Wang  S… Read more >Women's All-Pro Tour: Madison's Tess Hackworthy at Wichita Falls Championship | Third-round results (Wichita Falls CC Wichita Falls, Texas)

“I’m really excited to rep Wisconsin.Golf and I’m excited about the logo literally saying ‘Wisconsin Golf,’ ” Casey Danielson said of the partnership. “I feel really grateful that Wisconsin.Golf has been following my career and sharing it with fellow Wisconsin golfers. I think this will be a great continuation of what we’ve been doing.” Read more >Casey Danielson adds Wisconsin.Golf as a sponsor as the Osceola native takes her game to the LPGA Tour

After making 11 birdies and an eagle over her final 43 holes going back to Friday afternoon's second round in Mesa, Danielson is ready to ride the momentum of her solid finish back onto the LPGA Tour as it begins its Western swing in southern California. She will play at least four of the next five weeks on the LPGA Tour. Read more >Osceola's Casey Danielson preps for return to LPGA Tour with solid weekend, top-15 finish in Arizona on Epson Tour

The list of Wisconsin PGA Section Teacher of the Year award winners represents a who’s who of golf instructors, including legends Manuel de la Torre and Mike Bencriscutto, the Tiziani brothers (Dennis and Larry), Rich Tock and, more recently, sought-after teachers such as David Roesch, Jeff Kaiser and Travis Becker. Missing from that list was a female. Until now. Read more >Westmoor's Molly Braid becomes first woman to win WPGA's Teacher of the Year; Mark Voeller named Golf Professional of the Year

The Wisconsin Women's State Open is scheduled for June 14-16 on the Woodlands Course at the Golf Courses of Lawsonia in Green Lake, while the Women's State Amateur will be July 12-13, with a 36-hole opening day, at West Bend Country Club. The WSGA also is adding a six-event Scramble Series to the schedule this summer. Read more >With interest in top tournaments on the rise, Wisconsin Women's State Open and State Amateur both expanding to 54 holes this summer

As recently as late December, Bobbi Stricker planned to focus her 2022 competitive schedule on the Women's All-Pro Tour, a feeder circuit for the Symetra Tour, while waiting for Symetra Tour starts to come her way. In the meantime, she found opportunities to compete on the East Coast Women's Pro Golf Tour as she and her family spend the winter in Florida while her father Steve continues his recovery from a severe illness. "I just want to continue to get better," she said. Read more >Madison's Bobbi Stricker bounces back from bumpy Day 1 in professional debut to pull within six shots of lead in ECWPGT opener

After a long offseason in which she decompressed after finishing third on the 2021 Symetra Tour money list, settled into a new apartment in St. Paul, Minn., and hired an agent – her older brother Charlie – Casey Danielson is ready to make her debut as a full-fledged member of the LPGA Tour when she tees it up Jan. 27 in the Gainbridge LPGA in Boca Raton, Fla. Read more >'I feel like I'm ready to go': Casey Danielson's next journey in golf begins this month on the LPGA Tour

As historic as Mia Seeman's journey to the Wisconsin State Open became this past summer, the impact of her experience of teeing it up alongside the 203 men in the field on a Meadow Valleys Course that played nearly 7,000 yards continued long after the Milton golfer left Blackwolf Run in Kohler. Read more >Historic journey to men's State Open propels Mia Seeman to WSGA Women's Player of the Year; Maggie Leef tops seniors ... again

Wisconsin had the Ryder Cup in 2021, of course, but the golf tournaments staged by the WSGA, WPGA and WIAA provided plenty of excitement, too. As we reach the end of another extraordinary year of tournament golf in Wisconsin, here's a rundown of the champions of the biggest tournaments, with links to our coverage on Wisconsin.Golf. Read more >And the winners were ... The 2021 Wisconsin golf tournament champions

Casey Danielson has been a star at every level of golf, first as a four-time WIAA state champion at Osceola High School, then as a member of Stanford University’s 2015 NCAA championship team, then as a young professional who progressed steadily on the Symetra Tour and broke through with two victories this year. Now, the 26-year-old Danielson is getting ready for the next step: the LPGA Tour.  Read more >Osceola's Casey Danielson ready to 'see what all the hype is all about' on the LPGA Tour in 2022

Wisconsin's Martha Nause became a touring professional almost by default, and if not for the encouragement of friends and her parents to try something totally off the wall – and tutoring from legendary golf teacher Manuel de la Torre – she might be studying whales somewhere off the Alaskan coast, which is what she did the summer before she turned pro. You won’t find many stories like Martha Nause’s in pro golf these days. Read more >'Wouldn't it be cool to be a professional athlete?' With lessons from a legend, Martha Nause forged a 22-year career on the LPGA Tour

Golf is a difficult game because the field of play and the conditions are ever-changing and because the ball is stationary, which gives us time to think. The golf swing, however, should not be difficult. A child can swing a club successfully, as can an octogenarian. That, in a nutshell, was the foundation of the teaching of Manuel de la Torre, who died in 2016 after a long and distinguished career at Milwaukee Country Club. Read more >Group of golf teachers devoted to the late Manuel de la Torre's swing concepts planning seminar to celebrate his 100th birthday

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Tess Hackworthy got up-and-down for par on the 18th hole Sunday at the LPGA Symetra Tour Qualifying School Tournament, finishing off a final-round 75 that gave her a 3-over-par 291 total and helped her join 10 other golfers in making it to Stage II on the number. Less than an hour earlier, Bobbi Stricker wrapped up an unforgettable week with father/caddie Steve by struggling to a final-round 79 that left her six strokes shy of advancing. Read more >Tess Hackworthy advances to Stage II of LPGA Q-School and knows former UW teammate Bobbi Stricker will join her one day

PALM DESERT, Calif. — As Bobbi Stricker was preparing for her LPGA Tour Qualifying School debut earlier this week, the familiar fella that the former University of Wisconsin golfer has caddying for her in the desert regaled his daughter with a story from his own Q-School debut more than 30 y… Read more >Madison's Bobbi Stricker stays cool in the face of adversity, joins former Badgers teammate Tess Hackworthy in surviving cut at LPGA Q-School

All around Harrison Ott on Wednesday, contenders were alternating birdies with blow-ups, charging up the leaderboard and then disappearing faster than you could say “snowman.” It was like watching NASCAR, with daring passes and pileups in the corners. Except the drivers wore polos. Ott wasn’t immune, but he steered through the wreckage, played the last seven holes in 3-under and emerged with a four-shot victory. Read more >Harrison Ott steers his way through wild final round at Blackwolf Run to defend his Wisconsin State Open title

Only one golfer has won the Wisconsin State Amateur and State Open titles in the same year – the late Bob Brue in 1959. Piercen Hunt of Hartland has a chance, then, to turn an excellent summer into a historic one. He goes into the 36-hole finale of the 101st State Open on the Meadow Valleys Course at Blackwolf Run on Wednesday with a two-shot lead and some of the state’s top players in hot pursuit. Read more >Piercen Hunt is halfway to history with some of Wisconsin's top players on his heels going into the State Open's 36-hole finale at Blackwolf Run

Piercen Hunt, of Hartland, a rising sophomore at the University of Illinois, made eight birdies – including four consecutively on the front nine – and shot a 7-under 65 on the Meadow Valleys to take a two-shot lead into the second round. Sam Anderson of Stoughton, a former UW player who has turned professional, was in second place alone after shooting a 5-under 66 on par-71 Pine Hills. Cameron Huss, of Kenosha, was in third after a 67 at Pine Hills. Read more >Fresh off State Am victory, Piercen Hunt takes two-shot lead at the Wisconsin State Open with a first-round 65 at Blackwolf Run

Five strokes behind and in a tie for fifth at the beginning of the day, Brookfield's Harrison Ott shot 68-68 Wednesday in the 36-hole finale of the Wisconsin State Open at Blackwolf Run to become the second repeat champion in three years. His 12-under total was four better than Appleton's Za… Read more >Latest updates from the 101st Wisconsin State Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Pine Hills CC in Sheboygan

Here's how the 204-golfer field was determined for the 101st Wisconsin State Open Championship Aug. 16-18 on the Meadow Valleys Course at Blackwolf Run in Kohler and Pine Hills Country Club in Sheboygan. Golfers will alternate playing 18 holes at Blackwolf Run and Pine Hills on Monday and Tuesday before the field is cut to the low 60 golfers plus ties for Wednesday's 36-hole finale at Blackwolf Run. Read more >Who's who at the 101st Wisconsin State Open: A look at the field teeing it up this week at Blackwolf Run in Kohler and Pine Hills CC in Sheboygan

After watching a two-stroke deficit double to four shots just five holes into the final round, Bobbi Stricker rattled off three birdies in a row to pull even with Mandi Granato, played the nine holes in the middle of her round in a mind-boggling 8-under-par and out-dueled Granato down the stretch, settling for a 5-under 68 after she double-bogeyed the final hole to close out her third victory in as many appearances in the 36-hole event. Read more >Five birdies, two eagles lead to third victory at Badger Mutual Insurance Women's Am before Bobbi Stricker turns attention to LPGA Q-School

Mandi Granato was only on the golf course Monday at Brown Deer Park Golf Course for the opening round of the Badger Mutual Insurance Women's Amateur because it was only about two hours from home, the 26-player championship flight field looked competitive and she's always looking to better herself. Little did she know that she'd be sitting atop the leaderboard after 18 holes of the 36-hole event.  Read more >Another Granato goes on a power play as Nebraska-Omaha's Mandi shoots 68, leads Bobbi Stricker by two shots at BMI Women's Amateur

Bobbi Stricker was losing her patience. Then, she was losing the tournament. Putt after short putt kept sliding past the hole in the final round of the Wisconsin Women’s Amateur Championship. Then she rolled in a clutch 6-footer for birdie on the par-5 17th at The Legend at Merrill Hills to draw even with Emily Lauterbach. And then in a sudden-death playoff, her sweeping 30-foot birdie putt, which she estimated broke eight feet, found the bottom of the cup for the victory. Read more >Bobbi Stricker finds her putting stroke in the end to win the Wisconsin Women's Amateur Championship in a playoff

The 22-year-old recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round at The Legend at Merrill Hills. Emily Lauterbach of Hartland, a rising junior at Wisconsin and the 2020 Women’s State Open champion, shot a 68 and was alone in second. Isabelle Maleki of Mequon, a rising senior at UW-Green Bay, shot a 1-under 71. No one else in the championship field of 58 was under par. Read more >Bobbi Stricker cards an eagle and seven birdies to grab lead after the first round of the Wisconsin Women's Amateur Championship

Over the years, Katie Falk has won, by her count, 21 Wisconsin golf titles and has played in “25 or 26” USGA championships. She cemented her place in Wisconsin golf history in 1973, repeating as the state Match Play champion, reaching the semifinals of the Women’s Trans-National and, to cap it all off, beating a charismatic young player named Nancy Lopez, 2 and 1, and winning the Women’s Western Amateur at Maple Bluff Country Club in Madison. Read more >Katie Falk, one of Wisconsin golf's greatest amateur competitors, makes the most of her 'one shot'

Casey Danielson's victory at the Donald Ross Classic in French Lick, Ind., pushed her season earnings to $77,034 and moved her to No. 1 on the 2021 Volvik Race for the Card. The top 10 on the money list at the end of the season will earn exempt status on the LPGA Tour in 2022. After finishing 35th, 23rd and 18th in her first three seasons on the Symetra Tour, she is tantalizingly close to realizing her lifelong dream. Read more >Osceola's Casey Danielson seizes her second victory of the season on the Symetra Tour, moving her closer to earning LPGA Tour card

Grace Welch's golf clubs have been somewhat quiet since the former Madison Edgewood golfer won the WIAA Division 2 state championship in 2019, but Welch has been there all along — watching, working and waiting for her chance to once again make an impact, this time at UW-Green Bay. Read more >True team effort as UWGB's Grace Welch, Ashley Kulka outlast Rachel Kauflin, Mallory Swartz in playoff for WSGA Four-Ball title

HARVARD, Ill. — Six golfers. Two groups (at least at the outset). One sudden-death playoff for the final berth in the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. That was the scene Wednesday for Taitum Beck after the Waterford golfer shot 1-under-par 70 at Oak Grove Golf Club and found herself one of six golfers tied for fourth place at the U.S. Women's Am qualifier taking only the top four golfers to next month's championship at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y. Read more >Waterford's Taitum Beck survives six-way playoff for final berth in U.S. Women's Amateur with par on second extra hole

As Maggie Leef continues to take advantage of the opportunities available to senior women amateur golfers as competitive as she is, the Pewaukee golfer says that, even at 60, she is still learning from others a fraction of her age. Read more >With boost from two junior golfers and Mother Nature, Maggie Leef crowned WSGA Senior Women's Am winner after final round canceled

MADISON — It's 7 hours, 25 minutes from the 18th green at Fox Run Golf Club in Yankton, S.D. to the parking lot at Blackhawk Country Club. That gave Mount Pleasant's Kaylor Steger and Madison's Peter Webb, fresh off a rewarding weekend on the Dakotas Tour, just enough time to make the shotgun start of the 36-hole Balance & Believe Invitational and shoot 63-65 and 63-67 at the annual gathering of mini-tour pros, teaching pros and amateur, college and high school golfers. Read more >Dakotas Tour friends Kaylor Steger, Peter Webb go the extra mile (461, in fact) to finish 1-2 at Balance & Believe Invitational

GREEN LAKE – Mia Seeman was fortunate to find herself in a sudden-death playoff in the Sentry Wisconsin State Women’s Open on Wednesday. Then she did what champions do: she seized the opportunity. Seeman, a rising senior at South Dakota State from Milton, made a brilliant par save on the first extra hole on the Links Course at Lawsonia, then drove the green on the 295-yard second and two-putted for birdie to edge 18-year-old Grace Suter of Oconomowoc and win the title. Read more >Mia Seeman seizes opportunity to win Wisconsin State Women's Open in a playoff after Grace Suter falters with a double-bogey on the 18th hole

The last time Grace Suter played a tournament round on the Links Course at The Golf Courses of Lawsonia, she shot an 87. That was two years ago. Suffice it to say she’s a different golfer today. Suter, 18, fired a 3-under 69 and was the only player in the field to break par Tuesday in the first round of the Sentry Wisconsin State Women’s Open. Read more >Grace Suter is only golfer to break par and leads by three shots after opening-round 3-under 69 at Wisconsin State Women's Open