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BOYS GOLF: SWC Championships
By A.J. Gates, Herald Independent
PRAIRIE DU SAC – With 45 total conference points, the Lancaster boys golf team brought home the Southwest Wisconsin Conference title after playing at the Lake Wisconsin Country Club in Prairie du Sac last Wednesday.
The Flying Arrows went into the final conference meet of the 2022 season with a 6.5-point lead over Platteville and Richland Center, and secure the conference championship with a first-place finish last Wednesday.
With a team scored of 340, the Flying Arrows finished 15 strokes ahead of the second-place Hornets, and were 39 strokes better than the third-place Hillmen.
Leading Lancaster on Wednesday was senior sensation Noah Kirsch, who carded a four-under-par round of 67, shooting a one-under-par 36 on the front and a three-under-par 31 on the back.
On the front nine, Kirsch strung together four straight pars to start his round before taking a bogey on the par-3 fifth. He ended the front with a par on holes six and nine, and birdies on seven and eight.
On the back nine, Kirsch had an eagle on the par-five 11th, to go along with three birdies, three pars and bogeys on holes 10 and 13.
With his round of 67, Kirsch finished eight strokes better than his closest competition, which was Tyler Bradley of Dodgeville with a 75.
Rounding out Lancaster’s scoring was Isaac Dhyanchand with an 87, Ian Klaas a 90, Dan Kelley a 96 and Skylar Burkholder a 98.
In the final individual conference standings, Kirsch concluded the 2022 season as the league’s most valuable golfer, scoring 239 conference points, which was 19.5 points more than Bradley in second place.
For Kirsch, it is his second conference MVP honor after winning it last season. It is also the sixth time a golfer from Lancaster has won the honor in the past 10 seasons.
Kirsch also concluded the regular season with a nine-hole conference average of 34.8, which is the lowest average by anyone in the SWC in the past 17 seasons.
Concluding the regular season with 170 conference points and a nine-hole conference average of 46.4 was Dhyanchand, who earned second-team all-conference honors this season.
Klaas, Kelley and Burkhoder all earned honorable-mention honors, Klaas with 151.5 points and an average of 47.8, Kelley with 138.5 points and an average of 49.1, and Burkholder with 107 points and an average of 52.6.
The Flying Arrow golf team competed at the D3 Mineral Point Regional this past Tuesday and placed second out of nine teams to advance to next Tuesday’s Markesan Sectional. The top four teams, along with the top four individuals not on a qualifying team moved on to sectionals.
Thursday’s sectional will be played at Lawsonia Golf Course in Green Lake, where the top two teams will advance to the WIAA state tournament, along with the top three individuals not on a qualifying team. The state tournament will be held at Blackwolf Run in Kohler on June 6-7.