What: The 51st Annual WIAA Women’s Golf Championship

When: Monday-Tuesday, 8:00 a.m.

Where: University Ridge Golf Course, Madison

Broadcasts: The ninth and 18th holes will be broadcast live without a subscription on the NFHS network at nfhsnetwork.com Where WIAA.tv.

Results: Go to wiaawi.org.

Champions 2021

Division 1: Team – Westosha Central; Individual – Riley Pechinski, Stevens Point.

Division 2: Team – Prescott; Individual – Ava Salay, Prescott.

The teams to beat

Division 1: Westosha Center, the defending champion, has been a mainstay at the top of the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin standings after dismissing the entirety of his top four that won the title last season. Union Grove and Middleton also received second and third place respectively in the last available GCAW survey.

Division 2: Defending champion Prescott also entered the playoffs as a top team hoping to defend their title, led by defending individual champion Ava Salay. The Prairie School has been among its top contenders in the GCAW rankings, arriving as the No. 2 team in the latest poll.

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Area teams in the field

Arrowhead

The Warhawks return to the state tournament in D1 after an 18-year qualifying streak was snapped last year. Arrowhead won its second consecutive Classic 8 Conference title this season, led by seniors Audrey Kaiser and Kaitlyn Amtmann with state experience in 2020. The Warhawks will contest their first state victory since back-to-back championships in 2016- 17.

East Brookfield

The Spartans qualified for the state in D1 for the second consecutive year and only the third time in school history. Junior Madison Haugen and senior Josie Clegg return from last year’s 12th-place squad, with a roster bolstered by their younger sisters. Freshman Payton Haugen was the medalist in the Fond du Lac section, while sophomore Macy Clegg finished 11th. Brookfield East also won the Greater Metro Conference for the first time ever, earning a streak of 10 straight championships from Brookfield Central.

Divine Savior Holy Angels

DSHA returns to the state in D1 for the first time in over a decade, his last appearance coming in 2011. The Dashers bring a relatively young roster led by fourth-placed junior Kate Krueger to the Fond du Lac section , followed by rookie Ava Rosech in ninth, sophomore Hannah Strachota tied for 13th and senior Maddie Olson tied for 31st. Krueger finished tied for 25th after qualifying as an individual last season.

Oconomowoc

raccoons finished second to Classic 8 foe Arrowhead at the Brookfield Middle Section, earning his third D1 State Qualifier. This is Oconomowoc State’s first appearance in women’s golf since 2000. Junior Lauren Lupinek leads the team as a sectional medalist, a year after missing a state qualifying shot in as an individual to the 2021 Waukesha South Chapter.

The Prairie School

The Falcons are making their third consecutive appearance in a D2 state tournament and will be vying for their fourth championship in their 10th appearance. Senior Sophia Lawler leads the team after finishing in the top five for the past two years, while junior Kadyn Peery also returns after back-to-back top-20 finishes. Junior Aishani Dhar also brings in-state experience as a 30th-place finisher last year.

Union Grove

The Broncos finished second to Southern Lakes rival Westosha Central to qualify for State D1 out of the Janesville Parker Section. They return as state qualifiers for the second straight season and the fifth time in school history. Union Grove is also bringing back four golfers who competed in the state last season, including Senior Norah Roberts (T-2nd), Senior Allie McBryde (T-53rd), Junior Lexi Manteufel (T-47th) and Senior Larah Hood-Brennan (78th).

Westosha Center

After bursting onto the scene last year in what was then only their third appearance in the state, Westosha Central arrives with high expectations to repeat. The Falcons bring in an experienced squad with the return of their top four finishers from last year’s D1 state champion team. Junior twin sisters Kylie and Katelyn Walker finished third and fourth respectively, out of the Janesville Parker section, followed by senior Elle O’Reilly in seventh and junior Chloe Brown tied for eighth.

Local golfers to watch

Kaitlyn Amtmann, Arrowhead: After going one round as a sophomore in 2020 and finishing tied for 58th as a rookie in 2019, Amtmann will be relied upon for an Arrowhead team looking to make another run at a tag team title. She finished fifth at the Brookfield Central section.

Kate Bogenschultz, Cedarburg: The senior qualified for the state for the third year in a row with the third highest score in the Fond du Lac section. As a sophomore, she finished tied for 34th in the state, while moving up one spot to tie for 33rd as a junior.

Nora Cerroni, South/North/West Waukesha: Cerroni lost a playoff in the Brookfield Central section to Lauren Lupinek for the medalist score, but could still be close to finishing on top. In her state debut as a junior last year, she finished tied for 20th and looks much improved with a 75 in the section.

Payton Haugen, East Brookfield: The younger Haugen sister announced her competition for state by shooting a 69 for the medalist’s score at the Fond du Lac section. The freshman helps form one of two dynamic sister duos on Brookfield East, with sophomore Macy Clegg and senior Josie Clegg the other.

Julia Larson, Arrowhead: The eldest is a newcomer to the Arrowhead State team. She finished tied for third overall in the Brookfield Central section with Kaiser.

Sophia Lawler, Prairie School: Lawler has been in the top five in the state in D2 for the past two seasons. As she went from tied for third as a sophomore to fifth as a junior, she will be looking to finish strong after a one-shot performance from the Catholic Memorial Section medalist.

Lauren Lupinek, Oconomowoc: Lupinek finished one stroke behind teammate Katie Westbrook in last season’s Waukesha South Section to just miss her first chance in the state. This year, she left no doubt as she finished a medal while leading her team to a state qualifier at Brookfield Central.

Norah Roberts, Union Grove: Is this finally the year for Roberts? His individual finishes have improved over his previous three D1 appearances, moving to tied for 20th as a freshman, tied for third as a sophomore and tied for second as a junior. That she could shave a few more strokes to reach the top spot in the leaderboard is one of the most compelling pre-tournament stories.

Kylie Walker, Westosha Central: If Westosha Central is to repeat as state champions, it will take another strong showing from the Walker sisters. Kylie finished tied for fifth in the state last year, while coming out of the Janesville Parker section with the third highest score. As a freshman, she tied for third with Roberts at the state.

Katelyn Walker, Westosha Central: Katelyn has shown a lot of improvement over her past two seasons, finishing 22nd in the state as a rookie before a ninth-place finish last year. After both Walkers finished in the top 10 last season, they have the potential to follow that up with top-five finishes.

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