NEW GLARUS – Darlington’s Seth Johnson wrapped up his senior season and his prep golf career with the Redbirds by finishing in 32nd-place overall at the 2018 WIAA Division 3 Sectional Boys’ Golf Meet held at the Edelweiss Chalet Country Club in New Glarus on Thursday, May 31.
The meet was delayed a day due to an early morning rain storm on Wednesday, but went off without a hitch the next day under near-perfect conditions.
Johnson carded a round of 89 in his first career sectional appearance, scoring a 42 on the front nine and tallying a 47 on the back nine, to end up in a tie for 32nd-place at the meet.
“Seth played some good holes and made a number of really good golf shots. Unfortunately, there were some missed steps along the way. When you get to play at the sectional level mistakes become magnified,” Darlington head coach Rich Westerman pointed out. “Overall, Seth earned his place in the sectional field by his good play down the stretch. He represented his family and school quite well. I’m sure he will remember this experience as a positive time and well worth the hard work he put in.”
Abundant Life Christian/Madison Country Day won the sectional team title with a score of 335. Host New Glarus finished just a stroke back at 336 to nab the other state team berth.
New Glarus junior Matt Hach shot a six-over 78 on his home course to win the individual sectional championship title on the day.
Coulee Christian/Providence senior Joshua Johnson shot a 79 and Wisconsin Heights senior Anil Jergens followed with an 80 to earn the first two individual state berths.
SWAL rivals Mason Holcomb, a senior from Argyle/Pecatonica, and Cole Needham, a senior from Fennimore, had to battle it out for the final state berth after tying for fifth-place overall at 81. Holcomb defeated Needham in a playoff to earn the final state spot.