MINERAL POINT – Darlington senior Seth Johnson won his best ball match to help the Southwest Activities League (SWAL) defeat the Southwest Wisconsin Conference (SWC), 9-7, and reclaim possession of the Southwest Cup at the Dodge Point Country Club on Saturday, May 12.
Johnson teamed with Barneveld’s Ethan Harpold to defeat the River Valley duo of Luke Aron and Simon Ehlinger, 4&3, as the SWAL used a 3-1 advantage in best ball matches matches top the SWC in the ninth annual Southwest Cup competition– a Ryder Cup-like event pitting the top 24 golfers in each conference against one another.
The SWC still holds a 5-4 all-time series edge in the event.
The two conferences split the head-to-head singles matches, 4-4, and the best shot matches, 2-2, on the day. Lancaster’s Dillon Marshall downed Darlington senior Brogan Evenstad, 1 up, in singles play; while Dodgeville’s Eli Hardy and Lancaster’s Morgan Seippel topped the Redbird duo of sophomore Cody Crist and junior Cole Roelli, 5&4, in a best shot match.
The Redbirds had plenty of action on the course, finishing fifth with a score of 191 at the SWAL make-up match held at Fennimore’s Hickory Grove Country Club on Thursday, May 10; and then placing fourth with a team score of 197 at the Mineral Point SWAL Meet held on a windy and cold afternoon at Dodge Point Country Club on Friday, May 11.
Johnson led the Redbirds at each meet, firing a seven-over 42 at Fennimore on Thursday and an eight-over 44 at Dodge Point on Friday.
Evenstad finished right behind Johnson with a 43 on Thursday and a 46 on Friday. Crist carded a 51 and a 54, respectively, while Roelli tallied a 55 and a 54 for the ‘Birds.
Mineral Point won Thursday’s meet with a score of 165 and Friday’s meet with a 166 to wrap up a perfect regular season in SWAL play. Fennimore’s Cole Needham was the individual medalist at Hickory Grove with a two-over 37, while MP’s Dalton Collier and Simon Mitchell tied for top honors at Dodge Point along with Barneveld’s Owen Pechan with a four-over 40.
The 2018 WIAA Division 2 Regional Meet will be held at the Dodge Point Country Club on Tuesday, May 22, beginning at 9 a.m.
FENNIMORE SWAL MEET
Team scores: Mineral Point 165, Fennimore 175, Argyle/Pecatonica 176, Barneveld 178, Darlington 191, Southwestern 203, Iowa-Grant 217, Cuba City 218.
Meet Medalists: Needham, F, 37.
Darlington Scores: Seth Johnson 42, Brogan Evenstad 43, Cody Crist 51, Cole Roelli 55, Atticus Stauffacher 57.
At Hickory Grove CC, par 35, on Thursday, May 10
MINERAL POINT SWAL MEET
Team scores: Mineral Point 166, Barneveld 181, Argyle/Pecatonica 187, Darlington 197, Fennimore 204, Iowa-Grant 214, Southwestern/Benton 214, Cuba City 237.
Meet Medalists: Mitchell, MP, Collier, MP, & Pechan, B, 40.
Darlington Scores: Seth Johnson 44, Brogan Evenstad 46, Cody Crist 53, Cole Roelli 54, Atticus Stauffacher 67.
At Dodge-Point CC, par 36, on Fri, May 11
9th ANNUAL SOUTHWEST CUP
(from Saturday, May 12, at Dodge/Point Country Club)
SWAL 9, SWC 7
1. Cade Rohrbach (Platteville) def. Dalton Collier (Mineral Point) 4&3.
2. Cole Needham (Fennimore) def. Ethan Suits (Platteville) 4&3.
3. Simon Mitchell (Mineral Point) def. Sam Peterson (PdC) 2&1.
4. Dillon Marshall (Lancaster) def. Brogen Evanstad (Darlington) 1 up.
5. Zach White (Platteville) def. Dylan Steitz (Argyle/Pecatonica) 5&4.
6. Isaac Lange (River Valley) def. Michael Larson (Barneveld) 2&1.
7. Riley Workman (Mineral Point) def. Andy Eggers (Platteville) 6&5.
8. Brady Peat (Iowa-Grant) def. Isaiah Altfillisch (Platteville) 3&2.
9-10. Jeff Saether (Argyle/Pec.) & Owen Pechan (Barneveld) def. Isaac Farrey (Lancaster) & Cole Price (River Valley) 3&1.
11-12. Seth Johnson (Darlington) & Ethan Harpold (Barneveld) def. Luke Aron (River Valley) & Simon Ehlinger (River Valley) 4&3.
13-14. Brooks McCarvel (Richland Center) & Michael Maguire (PdC) def. Nathan Berning (Southwestern/Benton) & Ben Marti (Cuba City) 6&5.
15-16.Ben Figi (Argyle/Pec.) & Noah Mulrooney (Fennimore) def. David McGuire (Dodgeville) & Hunter Helwig (Dodgeville) 3&2.
17-18.Noah Lawinger (Dodgeville) & Trevor Anding (River Valley) def. Austin Parks (Barneveld) & Shaun Cooper (Southwestern/Benton) 1 up.
19-20.Noah Krahenbuhl (Argyle/Pec.) & Mason Holcomb (Argyle/Pec.) def. Jalen Schmitz (Lancaster) & Evan Boisvert (PdC) 5&4.
21-22.Dustin Hamm (Southwestern/Benton) & Cory Lenzendorf (Fennimore) def. Payton Lolwing (Lancaster) & Trey Mohr (Richland Center) 2 up.
23-24.Eli Hardy (Dodgeville) & Morgan Seippel (Lancaster) def. Cody Crist (Darlington) & Cole Roelli (Darlington) 5&4.