2022 Wis. Women's State Open Emily Lauterbach

University of Wisconsin golfer Emily Lauterbach, right, takes a rest on the knee of father/caddie Heath during the second round of the 2022 Wisconsin State Women's Open Championship at the Golf Courses of Lawsonia in Green Lake.

GREEN LAKE — A wild turkey spent a hot, muggy Wednesday dancing through the edge of the pond in front of the 16th green on the Woodlands Course at the Golf Courses of Lawsonia. A mother deer and her fawn were spotted cooling themselves in a pond near the seventh fairway without a care in the world.

2022 Wis. Women's State Open Bobbi Stricker

Former University of Wisconsin golfer Bobbi Stricker gives a thumbs-up as she walks up the ninth fairway on the Woodlands Course at the GCs of Lawsonia in Green Lake. She had just birdied No. 8 and would play her final 11 holes in 5-under to earn a share of the lead.

By day's end, the only creature seemingly immune to summer's sudden wet, sticky onslaught (and heat of competition)? The mighty badger — er, Badger.

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 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 — five strokes clear of former UW golfer Carly Werwie-Swartz of Kenosha, 33, the women's golf coach at Loyola (Ill.) University who shot 72 competing while 20 weeks pregnant.

Defending champion Mia Seeman of Milton, who shared the first-round lead with Stricker, birdied the 18th hole for a 77 that dropped her into sole possession of fourth place at 149. The 57-player field was cut to the low 24 golfers plus ties for Thursday's final round, which will begin at 7:30 a.m.

"I actually did know where I stood," said Stricker, who played one group behind Lauterbach in the final threesome of the day. "I saw she had birdied (No. 17) while I was out in the fairway. I was like 'I want to birdie this hole because I want to be one ahead of her.'  No, I knew what she was doing. 

"I love playing with her, too, It will be so much fun (Thursday)."

Wednesday proved to a bunch of fun for Stricker and Lauterbach — especially on the back nine, which they combined to play in 6-under without a bogey.

For Stricker, it was a stark contrast to her front nine where she three-putted the second green for the first of three consecutive bogeys at the start of her round. Things started to change at No. 8 where she made her first birdie and again at No. 9 where she made a scrambling par to turn in 2-over 38.

"I didn't make that putt (for par) on No. 4, which I was kind of bummed about, but I made a putt (for birdie) on No. 8, which kind of flipped my feeling," Stricker said. "Not so much my mentality because I stayed patient in those weird first few holes. I saw a ball go in the hole (on No. 8), which was just really nice. ... And then I got it up and down from the back of the green — I left it short and made like a 5-footer (for par) — on No. 9.

"After that, I felt like I was kind of rolling. I started hitting the ball a lot better on the back nine, also."

Lauterbach was rolling from the get-go Wednesday.

WPGA: 2022 Wisconsin State Women's Open Championship | Final-round pairings (GCs of Lawsonia/Woodlands Course-Green Lake)

Time Hole Players
7:30 AM 1 Hannah Dunk, Janesville; Kylie Walker, Kenosha.
7:40 AM 1 Maggie Leef, Pewaukee; Rachel Montaba (p), Elkhart Lake; Treva Dodd, Brookfield
7:50 AM 1 Olivia Patrow, Altoona; Cassie Psuik, Greenfield; Ava Salay, Prescott
8:00 AM 1 Caylie Kotlowski, Stoughton; Lorenza Martinez, Menomonee Falls; Elise Hoven, Grafton
8:10 AM 1 Grace Suter, Oconomowoc; Isabelle Maleki, Mequon; Mackenzie Hahn (p), Spring Grove, Ill.
8:20 AM 1 Rachel Kauflin, Wauwatosa; Sydney Brandt, Brookfield; Jenna Anderson, Dousman
8:30 AM 1 Abby Cavaiani, Douseman; Britt McNett-Emmerich (p), Fitchburg; Carolyn Barnett-Howe (p), Appleton.
8:40 AM 1 Mia Seeman, Milton; Taitum Beck (p), Waterford; Bella Dory, Menomonee Falls
8:50 AM 1 Emily Lauterbach, Hartland; Bobbi Stricker (p), Madison; Carly Werwie-Swartz (p), Kenosha

After making a double-bogey 7 on the first hole in Tuesday's opening round, she birdied it Wednesday and joked as she walked off the green that she was already three strokes ahead of pace from her first-round 74. Lauterbach made four straight pars before going birdie-bogey-birdie and turning in 2-under.

"I actually didn't miss any greens," said Lauterbach, whose lone bogey at No. 7 was the result of a three-putt from 20 feet. "I made some good putts for birdie. I missed a lot of (other) putts for birdie. ... Overall, it was pretty solid.

"I had, I think, four intense lip-outs, which is never fun especially when you're like 'Oh, that's in' and then it goes all the way around and you're like 'Oh, never mind.'"

That Lauterbach's emotions didn't hinge on the outcome of every putt speaks to the progress she's made in handling them in three years at UW.

"I had a good summer last year, I believe; I averaged 70.5 and that was pretty solid for me," Lauterbach said. "I'm striking it and hitting it way better than I ever have. Irons feel really good. The driver is straight and a lot further than I've ever hit it as well. Even my irons, I'm three full clubs (longer) right now than I was this January. This January, which is this year. ... I'm not really sure how, but I'm not mad about it at all. There are some holes out here where I'm hitting a 5-iron off the tee and a wedge in."

Hers is a different game from most in the field, but Werwie-Swartz still found a way to keep pace for much of the day.

Due with her first child in October, the Ramblers coach played in the next-to-last group with Lauterbach and served notice that she can still play on the very first hole — baby or no baby. Werwie-Swartz spun a wedge back about 3 feet below the hole and made the birdie putt to pull within two shots of the lead.

She was still two back after a birdie at No. 7 and a bogey at No. 9 left her with a 1-under 35 on the front. She added a birdie at No. 10 and five pars after that before making back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 16 and 17 to fall five shots off the pace set by Stricker and Lauterbach.

The future mom in Werwie-Swartz will probably accept sole possession of third place entering the final round of a championship in which she is quickly becoming one of its oldest participants. The competitor in her, however, has much loftier goals heading into the final round.

"Spot on," Werwie-Swartz said, when offered that assessment of her approach to the week. "Coming into the week, I was like 'I'm feeling OK; I can go and play.' But the competitor in me, yes, is fighting for the top spot still. I don't think that will ever leave me, but we'll see."


POS
 
PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
R3
STROKES
 
T1
Arrow Up
 3
Emily Lauterbach  Hartland, WI-2F-47468 142 
T1-Bobbi Stricker (p)  Madison, WI-2F-27270 142 
3
Arrow Up
 3
Carly Werwie-Swartz (p)  Kenosha, WI+3FE7572 147 
4
Arrow Down
 3
Mia Seeman  Milton, WI+5F+57277 149 
5
Arrow Up
 1
Taitum Beck (p)  Waterford, WI+6F+37575 150 
6
Arrow Down
 3
Isabella Dory  Menomonee Falls, WI+7F+67378 151 
T7
Arrow Up
 9
Abby Cavaiani  Dousman, WI+9F+27974 153 
T7
Arrow Up
 2
Brittany McNett-Emmerich (p)  Fitchburg, WI+9F+47776 153 
9-Carolyn Barnett-Howe (p)  Appleton, WI+10F+57777 154 
T10
Arrow Up
 6
Rachel Kauflin  Wauwatosa, WI+11F+47976 155 
T10
Arrow Down
 1
Sydney Brandt  Brookfield, WI+11F+67778 155 
T12
Arrow Up
 4
Jenna Anderson  Dousman, WI+12F+57977 156 
T12
Arrow Down
 3
Grace Suter  Oconomowoc, WI+12F+77779 156 
T14
Arrow Up
 9
Isabelle Maleki  Mequon, WI+14F+38375 158 
T14
Arrow Down
 8
Mackenzie Hahn (p)  Spring Grove, IL+14F+117583 158 
T14
Arrow Down
 10
Caylie Kotlowski  Stoughton, WI+14F+127484 158 
T17
Arrow Up
 6
Lorenza Martinez  Menomonee Falls, WI+15F+48376 159 
T17
Arrow Up
 6
Elise Hoven  Grafton, WI+15F+48376 159 
T17
Arrow Down
 1
Olivia Patrow  Altoona, WI+15F+87980 159 
T17
Arrow Down
 2
Cassandra Psuik  Greenfield, WI+15F+97881 159 
T17
Arrow Down
 8
Ava Salay  River Falls, WI+15F+107782 159 
22
Arrow Up
 1
Maggie Leef  Pewaukee, WI+16F+58377 160 
T23
Arrow Down
 2
Rachel Montaba (p)  Elkhart Lake, WI+17F+98081 161 
T23
Arrow Down
 2
Treva Dodd  Brookfield, WI+17F+98081 161 
T23
Arrow Down
 7
Hannah Dunk  Janesville, WI+17F+107982 161 
T23
Arrow Down
 14
Kylie Walker  Kenosha, WI+17F+127784 161 
THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS DID NOT MAKE THE CUT: +17
MC-Mallory Swartz  Franklin, WI+19F+108182 163 
MC-Ellie Frisch  Middleton, WI+20F+68678 164 
MC-McKenna Nelson  Beaver Dam, WI+20F+88480 164 
MC-Aj Powell  Appleton, WI+20F+108282 164 
MC-Glenna Sanderson  Middleton, WI+21F+98481 165 
MC-Kayley Sjoholm (p)  Menomonee Falls, WI+22F+88680 166 
MC-Norah Roberts  Racine, WI+24F+108682 168 
MC-Aliisa Helminen  Menasha, WI+24F+148286 168 
MC-Katelyn Walker  Kenosha, WI+25F+128584 169 
MC-Katelynn Warpinski  Green Bay, WI+26F+98981 170 
MC-Grace Welch  Madison, WI+26F+118783 170 
MC-Sydney Grimm  Waunakee, WI+27F+128784 171 
MC-Vivian Cressman  Middleton, WI+28F+79379 172 
MC-Kate Bogenschutz  Grafton, WI+28F+138785 172 
MC-Amanda Karvala  New Berlin, WI+28F+128884 172 
MC-Ashton Sinak  Whitewater, WI+28F+158587 172 
MC-Abby Parsons (p)  Sheboygan, WI+28F+158587 172 
MC-Riley Pechinski  Plover, WI+28F+158587 172 
MC-Julie Pyne Van Hoosen (p)  Green Bay, WI+29F+99281 173 
MC-Reagan Stuke  Delafield, WI+29F+119083 173 
MC-Alyssa Schmidt  Oregon, WI+29F+128984 173 
MC-Adalyn Johnston  Green Bay, WI+31F+139085 175 
MC-Jolie Guyette  De Pere, WI+32F+139185 176 
MC-Abigail Henriksen  DeForest, WI+32F+158987 176 
MC-Jessie Gulden  Middleton, WI+33F+159087 177 
MC-Madeline Kiley  Appleton, WI+40F+149886 184 
MC-Bela Dodd  Brookfield, WI+40F+179589 184 
MC-Anna Krieski  Reedsburg, WI+43F+259097 187 
MC-Jenna Schumacher  Sherwood, WI+57F+2210794 201 
WD-Payton Dube  Hancock, MI+35  107  107 
WD-Elle O'Reilly  Kenosha, WI        
WD-Jordan Shipshock  Waunakee, WI        
NS-Zoe Gryniewicz  Wauwatosa, WI        

rob@killarneygolfmedia.com

Rob started covering the state's golf scene in 1987 at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison. He joined Killarney Golf Media in 2015 and helped develop Wisconsin.Golf's extensive coverage of junior, high school, college, amateur and pro golf.

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