Milwaukee-area high school golf players to watch in 2022
Three scenarios to follow
Ready for another race? : The bar has been set high at Marquette, winners of three of the last five Division 1 titles. The Hilltoppers have the potential to have another banner team. The team is returning two all-state players to seniors Sebastian Kasum and Will Hemauer, another, junior Marco Bamrah, who was from all conferences, and senior Hayden LeMonds, who is back in full after missing the most of last season due to injury. Will they be kings of the hill at the end of the season?
USM goes wild: Last year, the varsity school made its first appearance in the state since 2009 and finished fifth in Division 2 out of eight teams. Returning from this formation are seniors Owen Gardner and Michael Kennedy, junior Emery Endres and second Charlie Darrow. Can they make a serious run for a podium in state?
New faces: In Division 1, where most of the region’s teams play, not only will there be a new champion this year, but there will be plenty of new names gearing up for a playoff run. Only three of the top 11 players in the domestic fixture have returned this season. Who will rise to the top this time?
Players to watch
Michael Addie, Sussex Hamilton: The eldest is the reigning Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year. The Coaches Golf All-State First-Team player was a sectional champion before finishing tied for 16th in the Division 1 state meet.
Ben Book, Brookfield Academy: The sophomore placed second in the Midwest Classic in scoring last season and was the only freshman from the area to qualify for state competition as an individual. It is tied for 18th in Division 2.
Joe Fricker, Homestead: The eldest finished sixth in the North Shore standings, tied for eighth in the Division 1 state meet, and earned third-team all-state status. He is the best area returner in the State meeting.
Owen Gardner, University School: The elder finished tied for 12th in the Division 2 state meet, helping the Wildcats take fifth place in their first appearance in the state since 2009.
Simon Graham, Union Grove: The eldest, an all-South Lakes selection last season, is back to capitalize on his first appearance in the state. He finished 78th in individual qualification in Division 1.
Sebastien Kasun, Marquette: The senior tied for the sixth-best total in the Grand Metro and won a section title before posting the team’s best score in the state meet (tied for 18th). The Loyola Chicago rookie earned third-team all-state accolade.
Bode King, arrowhead: The junior earned the second-team all-state accolade, the highest of any returning player in the region. He finished tied for 25th in the state meet.
Alex Koenig, Kettle Moraine: The junior finished tied for 25th in the state meet last season to help the Lasers win the Division 1 championship. He earned the third-team all-state accolade.
Will Hemauer, Marquette: The eldest earned honorable mention in all states after finishing tied for 45th in the state meet.
Luke Ladd, Homestead: The eldest claimed an honorable mention spot on the all-state team after finishing eighth in the North Shore race and finishing 49th in the D1 state meet.
Hayden LeMonds, Marquette: The senior missed most of last season through injury but returned to the top 10 in regional and sectional fixtures before moving into a tie for 31st.
Camden Schmidt, Germantown: The eldest was the runner-up in the race for the Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year.
Ben Soboleski, Wauwatosa East/West: The senior was a first-team pick of all major metros who made an honorable mention in every state. His 13th-place finish in Division 1 makes him the No. 2 comeback in the region since the state meet.
Finn Somers, East/West Wauwatosa: The eldest finished five strokes behind Addie in the Grand Metro Player of the Year race. He then finished tied for 76th in the state meet.
Will Summers, Slinger: The eldest has earned all-state honorable mention status and is the North Shore’s leading returner thanks to his third-place finish during the conference season.
Tyler Tusing, Catholic Memorial: The senior will pursue his top spot in the state after earning an all-state honorable mention last season. He will play in Saint-Norbert.
Ty Walton, Badger: The senior was a returning first-team all-state pick in the Southern Lakes. He will play at Carroll University next year.