DARLINGTON – The Darlington Redbirds boys’ golf team competed in three SWAL meets over the past week and carded some consistent scores as just three strokes separated their final team score in those three matches.
The Redbirds placed sixth overall with a score of 189 at the Barneveld SWAL Meet held at the Deer Valley Golf Course on Monday, April 22, and then finished fifth with a 186 at the Mineral Point SWAL Meet at Dodge-Point Country Club on Thursday, April 25.
Finally, at Cole Acres, on Monday, April 29, the ‘Birds shot a 187 as a team to place sixth again at the Cuba City SWAL Meet.
With four matches in the books, the Redbirds sit sixth overall in the conference with 14 points.
Cuba City won Monday’s match on their home course to leap into the SWAL lead with 28 points. Argyle/Pecatonica slipped out of first-place after placing fourth at Monday’s meet and are now tied with Southwestern in second-place with 26 points.
Alex Schulte led Darlington at all three meets, carding a 41 at Barneveld, a 40 at Mineral Point and a 42 at Cuba City.
A.J. Brandt was second for the Redbirds with a 43 at Barneveld and back-to-back 46s, while Chase Tuescher was third on the team at Barneveld (48) and Mineral Point (47) and fourth at Cuba City (52).
Steven Cotter was third for the ‘Birds at Monday’s meet (47), and he was fourth at Mineral Point (53), while Andrew Jacobson was fourth for the team at Barneveld (55) on the previous Monday.
The Redbirds also competed in their first 18-hole tournament during their busy week on the course, finishing in a tie for 13th-place at the 20-team River Valley Invitational held at the par 72 House on the Rock Resort on Saturday, April 27.
Schulte (87) and Brandt (89) each broke 90 for the ‘Birds, while Cotter fired a 97 and Kevin Fenner completed the team scoring with a 119.
Next up, Darlington will compete at the Argyle SWAL Meet at Yellowstone Golf Course on Thursday, May 2, at 4 p.m., and the Redbirds will tee it up at the Southwestern SWAL Meet in Galena on Monday, May 6, also at 4 p.m.
CUBA CITY SWAL MEET
Team scores: Cuba City 163, Mineral Point 171, Southwestern 176, Argyle/Pecatonica 181, Iowa-Grant 185, Darlington 187, Fennimore 214, Barneveld 215.
Meet Medalist: Alex Stewart, CC, 34.
Darlington Scores: Alex Schulte 42, A.J. Brandt 46, Steven Cotter 47, Chase Tuescher 52.
At Cole Acres CC, par 36, on Monday, April 29
MINERAL POINT SWAL MEET
Team scores: Cuba City 166, Southwestern 170, Argyle/Pecatonica 174, Mineral Point 180, Darlington 186, Iowa-Grant 192, Barneveld 215, Fennimore 222.
Meet Medalist: Alex Stewart, CC, 33.
Darlington Scores: Alex Schulte 40, A.J. Brandt 46, Chase Tuescher 47, Steven Cotter 53.
At Doge-Point GC, par 35, on Thursday, April 25
BARNEVELD SWAL MEET
Team scores: Argyle/Pecatonica 170, Southwestern 174, Iowa-Grant 180, Mineral Point 183, Cuba City 187, Darlington 189, Barneveld 221, Fennimore 221.
Meet Medalist: Josh Smith, SW, & Alex Stewart, CC, 37.
Darlington Scores: Alex Schulte 41, A.J. Brandt 43, Chase Tuescher 48, Andrew Jacobson 55, Steven Cotter 57.
At Deer Valley GC, par 36, on Monday, April 22
RIVER VALLEY INVITATIONAL
Team scores: River Valley 316, Sauk Prairie 325, Stoughton 327, Lancaster 337, Portage 344, Southwestern 346, Mt. Horeb 350, Argyle/Pecatonica 355, Dodgeville 365, Prairie du Chien 375, Mineral Point 378, Iowa-Grant 380, Platteville 392, Darlington 392, Cuba City 422, Viroqua 426, Barneveld 426, Westby 428, Beloit Turner 462, Wisconsin Heights 474.
Meet Medalist: Josh Smith, SW, 68.
Darlington Scores: Alex Schulte 87, A.J. Brandt 89, Steven Cotter 97, Kevin Fenner 119.
At The Springs GC, par, on Saturday, April 27