WIAA state golf: Arrowhead freshman Jessica Guiser set to make her state match debut

WIAA state golf: Arrowhead freshman Jessica Guiser set to make her state tournament debut

Mark Stewart
| Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Mike Breaker can by no means inform how Jessica Guiser is doing.

Whereas it’s secure to imagine Arrowhead’s freshman standout is taking part in effectively, the Warhawks longtime coach can by no means gauge the place she stands with regards to the ups and downs of the sport that every one gamers face.

Her poker face is already stellar.

“She is so regular, so constant,” Breaker stated. “When you watch her when she hits a shot, it’s the identical routine each time. If she makes a birdie and does one thing very well, she’s completely happy. If she makes a bogey, the facial features and physique demeanor are the identical.”

There you will have a secret to success for a golfer who has performed past her years this season.

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A standout on the Wisconsin PGA junior circuit, Guiser entered the season with excessive expectations. She has lived as much as them, incomes the participant of the yr within the Basic 8 Convention and going toe-to-toe, if not beating most of the southeast Wisconsin’s prime gamers.

This week she’ll match up with the state’s greatest this season on the WIAA state match on the Meadows Valley Course at Blackwolf Run in Kohler.

She’ll be in combine for a prime end and will assist the Warhawks win their third Division 1 state title in 5 years.

For a freshman to win a state title and even problem for one is a significant feat. One of the crucial current to do it in Division I used to be 2019 Arrowhead graduate Emily Lauterbach, who tied for thirteenth as a freshman.

It is a yr, nonetheless, state match expertise doesn’t matter as a lot as previous years. Because of COVID-19, the match can be performed in Kohler moderately than College Ridge the place many gamers within the area have competed the previous two or three state tournaments.

“Youngsters get to know that course, the place (this yr) they’re not,” Breaker stated. “They’re not going to know the little tendencies.”

Additionally, because of the pandemic some colleges determined to not play golf this fall. Essentially the most notable is Bay Port, which left 2019 champion Jo Baranczyk unable to defend her title. Middleton’s Glenna Sanderson, who tied for tenth final season, was one other prime participant anticipated to return this yr whose faculty is not taking part in this fall.

Even with these gamers within the area, Guiser could be a risk. She involves state recent off a few robust postseason performances. She shot a 5-under 67 at Broadlands to win the regional title. On the sectional, she fired a 4-over 76 on a windy day at Oakwood to complete one stroke behind Brookfield Central’s Sarah Balding, final yr’s state runner-up.

Guiser’s presence has helped Arrowhead rise from a staff that completed fourth final yr behind Middleton, to a severe title contender. With Guise and junior Lauren Peterson on the prime of the lineup, Arrowhead has two No. 1-caliber gamers.

Peterson, a three-time state qualifier, completed seventeenth final season at state. Seniors Kylie Lanza (twenty fourth) and Jada Chang (thirty seventh) and sophomore Kaitlyn Amtmann (58th) all performed a state final season.

This yr’s journey to state might particular for them and the brand new child on the block.

“What I’ve observed probably the most about her is she’s been actually accepted effectively by her teammates,” Breaker stated. “She was actually seeking to do golf this fall as a result of it’s a staff factor and the whole lot else was so particular person. To see the youngsters supporting her and her supporting the opposite youngsters from my viewpoint has been the best factor to see.”

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