DARLINGTON – Through four league meets this season, the Darlington Redbirds boys’ golf team sits solidly in fifth-place in the SWAL team standings following a fifth-place finish in their home match on Friday, April 27, and a tie for fourth-place finish at Argyle’s Yellowstone Golf Course on Monday, April 30.
Since opening the season with a score of 226, the Redbirds continued to shave strokes off their round, carding a 207 on a windy day at the Darlington Country Club on Friday, and then posting a season-best round of 189 at Argyle on Monday.
Senior Brogan Evenstad posted rounds of 43 at home and 42 at Argyle to lead the Redbirds on the course.
Senior Seth Johnson carded a 47 on Friday and a 49 on Monday, while junior Cole Roelli was second-best on the team at Argyle with a 47.
Sophomore Cody Crist registered a pair of 51s for the ‘Birds, and fellow sophomore Atticus Stauffacher added a 66 at home on Friday to complete the team score in that match.
Mineral Point won both of the SWAL Meets last week with scores of 181 at Darlington and 151 at Argyle, and the Pointers sit atop the SWAL team standings with 32 points after winning the first four league events.
Barneveld (189) was second and Argyle/Pecatonica (193) was third on Friday, while the teams swapped spots on Monday with the host Orioles shooting a 164 and the Golden Eagles carding a 184.
The Pointers also had a pair of individual medalist in both meets with Dalton Collier firing a six-over 40 to take top honors at Darlington and Simon Mitchell posting a two-under 34 to finish first at Argyle.
In the first four SWAL matches, there have been four different medalists.
At Saturday’s River Valley Invitational in Spring Green, the Redbirds placed fourth in the Division 2 standings and ninth overall at the 18-team meet with an 18-hole team score of 382.
Fort Atkinson posted a score of 333 to place first overall and win the Division 1 meet, while the Pointers edged the Orioles, 353 to 356, for the D2 crown.
Evenstad and Johnson each shot a round of 85 for the Redbirds. Crist was third at 102 and Roelli carded a 110 to complete the team scoring on the day.
The Redbirds have SWAL meets at Fennimore’s Hickory Grove Golf Course on Thursday, May 4, and at Cuba City’s Cole Acres Country Club on Monday, May 7, both starting at 4 p.m.
DARLINGTON SWAL MEET
Team scores: Mineral Point 181, Barneveld 189, Argyle/Pecatonica 193, Fennimore 196, Darlington 207, Southwestern 213, Iowa-Grant 232, Cuba City 242.
Meet Medalists: Collier, MP, 41.
Darlington Scores: Brogan Evenstad 43, Seth Johnson 47, Cody Crist 51, Atticus Stauffacher 66, Cole Roelli 67.
At Darlington CC, par 35, on Friday, April 27
ARGYLE/PEC SWAL MEET
Team scores: Mineral Point 151, Argyle/Pecatonica 164, Barneveld 184, Darlington 189, Fennimore 189, Southwestern 202, Iowa-Grant 204, Cuba City 209.
Meet Medalist: Mitchell, MP, 34.
Darlington Scores: Brogan Evenstad 42, Cole Roelli 47, Seth Johnson 49, Cody Crist 51.
At Yellowstone GC, par 36, on Monday, April 30
RIVER VALLEY INVITATIONAL
Team scores: D1– Fort Atkinson 333, Platteville 335, Portage 341, Sauk Prairie 358, River Valley 364, Prairie du Chien 386, Westby 404, Dodgeville 427, Richland Center 479, Viroqua 547. D2– Mineral Point 352, Argyle/Pecatonica 356, Barneveld 368, Darlington 382, Fennimore 383, Lancaster 388, Iowa-Grant 453, Southwestern/Benton inc.
Meet Medalists: D1– Vailancourt, FA, 76. D2– Bower, MP, 81.
Darlington Scores: Brogan Evenstad 85, Seth Johnson 85, Cody Crist 102, Cole Roelli 110, Atticus Stauffacher 143.
At House on the Rock Resort GC, par 72, on Saturday, April 28