What: The 46th annual WIAA state girls golf tournament.
When: Monday and Tuesday.
Where: University Ridge Golf Course, 9002 County Highway PD
Time: Competition will begin at 8 a.m. both days, with each day’s the final tee times set for 10:20 a.m.
Admission, parking: There is no admission fee. Parking is free but limited at University Ridge.
Live streaming, scoring: The ninth and 18th holes will be streamed live, without a subscription fee, on the NFHS Network, accessible through http://wiaa.tv. Live scoring data can be accessed at http://wiaawi.org. Rosters, preview information and tournament history can be found at https://www.wiaawi.org/Sports/GirlsGolf.aspx
2016 champions: Division 1 — Hartland Arrowhead (624) and Arrowhead’s Emily Lauterbach (142). Division 2 — Racine Prairie (687) and Racine St. Catherine’s Sarah Busey (151).
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
The girl who shot 60: Wales Kettle Moraine senior Abby Cavaiani shook up the Wisconsin girls golf scene on Sept. 21, shooting an apparent state-record 60 in the Classic 8 Conference meet at The Broadlands in North Prairie. The Missouri State recruit tallied two eagles, eight birdies and eight pars, and came up just short on a chip on No. 18 that would have given her a 59. Cavaiani followed up with a 1-under 71 on the same course at the regional, and a 2-under 70 in the sectional at Edgewood Golf Course in Big Bend for the fourth-ranked Lasers. With her last three rounds totaling 15 under par, it’s safe to say the red-hot Cavaiani will be a prime attraction at University Ridge. She knows the course, tying for sixth place at state last year with a 12-over 156.
Everyone’s aiming at Arrowhead: Led by junior Emily Lauterbach, who has committed to the University of Wisconsin, top-ranked Hartland Arrowhead has been all but unstoppable as of late. The Warhawks shot a four-player total of 21-over-par 309 in a sectional at Rolling Meadows in Fond du Lac, with Lauterbach and senior Gianna Gastrow shooting 75s and Sarah Ernst shooting 78. The Warhawks dominated the state tournament last year, shooting a two-day total of 624 to finish 51 strokes ahead of Middleton. Arrowhead finished second in 2015 (to Middleton) and 2014 (to Verona).
Milton ready for the spotlight: Coach Kirk Wieland’s Red Hawks enter the state tournament with the No. 2 state ranking, fueled by the Seeman sisters (senior Mia and sophomore Claudia), the Hakala sisters (junior Taylor and freshman Callie) and senior Holly Gunnink. After beating Kettle Moraine by one stroke in the Mukwonago sectional, the Red Hawks hope to improve on their recent finishes: Sixth in 2016, third in 2015 and fifth in 2014. Last year, Seeman shot 8-over 152 at state to tie for fourth place individually.
Big Eight battle: Fifth-ranked Middleton and 10th-ranked Verona tied for first place in the Verona sectional at Edelweiss Chalet in New Glarus, with Middleton winning a scoreboard-based tiebreaker (back-nine scores). But Verona senior Lauren Shorter won the individual title with a 75, finishing two strokes ahead of Middleton senior Payton Hodson. Shorter shot 175 for 34th at state last year, and Hodson shot 171 for 30th. Both teams have solid, deep lineups, with Middleton featuring sophomore Kate Meier (174 for 30th at state last year) and Verona boosted by Lauren’s twin sister, Courtney Shorter.
Madison Edgewood is back: When the Crusaders missed qualifying for team state last year, it ended their string of 18 consecutive appearances. And Edgewood wasn’t simply there to take in the sights, winning a WIAA-best 13 championships and taking second twice since 2001. Though the team didn’t qualify in 2016, freshman Grace Welch made it as an individual and finished third at 164. She led coach Peggy Gierhart’s young lineup back to state this year, shooting 357 to win their own sectional by 11 strokes over La Crosse Aquinas, and is the top returning finisher in the D2 field. Edgewood’s top six players include freshmen Caitlyn Hegenbarth and Grace Jaeger, sophomores Welch and Anaka Leske and juniors Corinna Smith and Caroline Royer. The Division 2 team race appears wide open, as the three sectional winners (Edgewood, Waukesha Catholic Memorial and Stanley-Boyd) finished within four strokes of one another on their respective courses.
OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH
Lorenza Martinez, sr., Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels: Qualified as an individual after tying Seeman for fourth place last year at 152.
Speedy Kent, sr., and Isabelle Maleki, sr., Mequon Homestead: The sixth-ranked Highlanders did not qualify for state as a team, ending a seven-year streak, but Kent (tied for sixth last year) and Maleki (tied for eighth) earned the right to return as individual state berths.
Courtney Matschke, sr., Franklin: Shot 3-over 74 to win the Brookfield Central sectional and lead the eighth-ranked Sabers to a team score of 321 and a four-stroke victory over third-ranked Central in the team race. Franklin’s solid month has lifted the Sabers into the group of potential title challengers, along with Arrowhead and Milton.
Lexi Meade, jr., Eau Claire Memorial: Shot 158 at state last year to tie for 11th.
Jo Baranczyk, fr., Bay Port: Won the Green Bay Notre Dame sectional by six strokes after shooting a 4-over-par 76 at Thornberry Creek at Oneida, host course to an LPGA event. Also won her regional with a 75.
Annie Balduzzi, jr., La Crosse Aquinas, and Kate Munro, sr., Racine Prairie: Last year, Balduzzi took fourth at Division 2 state with a 165, finishing one stroke ahead of Munro.
Area individual qualifiers: Division 1 — Sophia Dooman, jr., Janesville Parker; Lillian Knetter, jr., Madison West; Klairissa O’Reilly-Dye, jr., Monona Grove; Samantha Soulier, jr., Waunakee. Division 2 — Alexa Owen, sr., Jefferson; Allison Anderson, jr., Wisconsin Dells.