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Hillmen dominate McKichan Invite on home course

Traxler finishes second with career-best 7-over-par 78

Hillmen dominate McKichan Invite on home course

Platteville senior Alex Traxler shot a 7-over-par 78 to finish second at Saturday’s Platteville Invite.

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POSTED April 26, 2017 2:31 p.m.

PLATTEVILLE — Platteville’s team depth was on full display at Saturday’s 27th annual Dick McKichan Platteville Invitational.

Senior Alex Traxler entered the tournament as Platteville’s four man, but shot a career-best 7-over-par 78 to finish second individually and lead the loaded Hillmen to the Division 1 team title.

The host Hillmen won three individual honors and had five golfers finish in the top nine individually. Platteville’s 323 team total blew away the field. River Valley finished a distant second with a 375. Mineral Point won the Division 2 team title with a combined score of 376.

It was Traxler’s first round under 80 for the second-team All-Southwest Wisconsin Conference performer, who finished 12th in last year’s individual SWC standings. Traxler easily won the 4-man medalist honors by 13 strokes over Barneveld’s Owen Pechan.

Sophomore Isaiah Altfillisch, a first-team All-SWC performer a year ago, won the 5-man individual title with an 80. Altfillish tied for third overall. Junior Ethan Suits shot an 82 to win 3-man medalist honors by a stroke over Mineral Point’s Simon Mitchell. Suits finished eighth overall.

Sophomore Cade Rohrbach, Platteville’s number one man, tied for ninth with an 83. Junior Zach White shot a non-counting 90 and finished second in the 2-man competition behind Richland Center’s Nolan Moore. White placed 17th overall out 68 golfers.

River Valley’s Derek Wedige won overall medalist honors with a 3-over-par 74.

Iowa–Grant junior Brady Peat shot a 9-over-par 80 to tie Platteville’ s Altfillisch for third overall. I–G senior Chad Thomas shot a 95, but the Panthers had an incomplete team with just two golfers.

I–G shot a combined 206 to place seventh out of eight teams at last Thursday’s Southwestern SWAL mini meet at the Galena Golf Course. It was the first of eight regular season meets that will determine this year’s SWAL champion. Peat shot a 5-over-par 41 to share medalist honors with Mineral Point’s Kaleb Pilling, Barneveld’s Seth Adelman and Argyle/Pecatonica’s Matt Amorose.

Hillmen finish fifth at Genena National Invite

LAKE GEVENA — Monday, Platteville shot a combined 343 to place fifth out of 24 teams at the loaded Geneva National Invitational.

Host Lake Geneva Badger dominated the field to win the title with a 312, 28 strokes better than co-runner-up Westosha (340) and Waunakee (340), but Platteville finished just three shots back of second place. Monona Grove (341) finished fourth.

White shot a 9-over-par 81 to tie for 11th place to lead Platteville. Rohrbach tied for 14th with an 84.

27th Annual Dick McKichan Platteville Invitational
(from Saturday, April 22 @ Platteville Golf & Country Club, par 71)
Division 1 team scores — 1.Platteville 323, 2.River Valley 375, 3.Dodgeville 378, 4.Prairie du Chien 390, 5.Westby 396, 6.Viroqua inc.
Division 2 team scores — 1.Argyle/Pecatonica 365, 2.Mineral Point 376, 3.Barneveld 382, 4.Lancaster 394, 5.Cuba City 410, 6.Southwestern/Benton 415, 7.Fennimore 431, 8.Iowa–Grant inc.
Top individuals — 1.Derek Wedige (RV) 74, 2.Alex Traxler (Pla) 78, 3(tie).Brady Peat (IG) 80, Isaiah Altfillisch (Pla) 80, Josh Hentrich (Lan) 80.
Platteville (323) — 2.Traxler 78, 3(tie).Altfillisch 80, 8.Ethan Suits 82, 9(tie).Cade Rohrbach 83, 17.Zach White 90.
Iowa–Grant (inc) — 3(tie).Peat 80, 27(tie).Chad Thomas 95.

Southwestern SWAL #1
(from Thursday, April 20 @ Galena Golf Course, par 36)
Team scores — Mineral Point 172, Barneveld 185, Argyle/Pecatonica 194, Fennimore 202, Cuba City 202, Darlington 203, Iowa–Grant 206, Southwestern/Benton 209,
Top individuals — 1(tie).Brady Peat (IG) 41, 1(tie).Kaleb Pilling (MP) 41, 1(tie).Seth Adelman (B) 41, 1(tie).Matt Amorose (A/P) 41, 5(tie).Madison Bowers (MP) 42, 5(tie).Brogen Evenstad (D) 42.
Iowa–Grant (206) — Brady Peat 41, Carley Rider 54, Chad Thomas 55, Easton Dobson 56, Alec Zimmer 62.

Cuba City SWAL #2
(from Monday, April 24 @ Cole Acres, par 36)
Team scores — Mineral Point 184, Argyle/Pecatonica 188, Cuba City 197, Barneveld 201, Fennimore 206, Darlington 210, Iowa–Grant 214, Southwestern 216,
Top individuals — 1(tie).Brady Peat (IG) 41, 1(tie).Matt Amorose (A/P) 41, 3.Mason Holcomb 42, 4(tie).Madison Bowers 43, 4(tie).Riley Workman 43.
Iowa–Grant (214) — Brady Peat 41, Chad Thomas 51, Easton Dobson 56, Carley Rider 66, Alec Zimmer 68.
SWAL standings — Mineral Point 16, Argyle/Pecatonica 13, Barneveld 12, Cuba City 10.5, Fennimore 8.5, Darlington 6, Iowa–Grant 4, Southwestern/Benton 2.

Geneva National Invitational
(from Monday, April 24 @ Geneva National GC, Palmer course, par 72)
Team scores — 1.Lake Geneva Badger 312, 2.Westosha 340, 2.Waunakee 340, 4.Monona Grove 341, 5.Platteville 343, 6.Edgerton 350, 7.Wilmot 353, 7.Mount Horeb 353, 9.Stoughton 358, 10.Sheboygan Lutheran 360, 11.Waukesha West 372, 12.Badger varsity reserve 373, 13.Waterford 378, 14.Burlington 378, 15.Elkhorn 387, 16.Dodgeville 396, 17.Jefferson 405, 18.Lancaster 407, 19.Whitewater 408, 20.Palmyra–Eagle 413, 21.Big Foot 417, 22.Clinton 455, 23.Delavan–Darien 458, 24.East Troy 494.
Top individuals — 1(tie).Connor Duggan (Badger) 74, 1(tie).Justin Meseberg (Burlington) 74, 3.Zach Kramer (Westosha) 76, 4.Jake Schroeckenthaler (Monona Grove) 77, 5.David Graffin (Stoughton) 78.
Platteville (323) — 11(tie).Zach White 81, 14(tie).Cade Rohrbach 84, 28(tie).Ethan Suits 88, 39(tie).Alex Traxler 91, 48(tie).Isaiah Altfillisch 93.3, Iowa–Grant 2, Southwestern/Benton 1.

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