GALENA – Cuba City’s Alex Stewart fired a one-over par to nab individual medalist honors and the Cubans blew away the competition in the first SWAL Conference Golf Meet of the season hosted by Southwestern High School on a windy day at the Galena Country Club on Monday, April 16.
The Cubans rolled to a first-place finish by an impressive 27 strokes after carding a combined round of 168 in the wind and cold. Southwestern pulled in a distant second at 195 and Darlington followed in third-place with a team score of 204.
Senior Zach McArthur tied for third-place individually with a seven-over 43 to lead the Redbirds.
Junior Alex Schulte tied for seventh overall with a round of 46, while sophomore A.J. Brandt scored a 51 and junior Chase Tuescher carded a 64 for the ‘Birds.
The Redbirds kicked off the 2012 season by placing fourth among Division 2 schools at the Platteville’s Dick McKichan Invitational on Saturday, April 14.
River Valley won the Division 1 title with a team score of 327, while Cuba City took home the D-2 championship with a round of 334.
The ‘Birds finished fourth in D-2 and ninth overall at the 12-team meet with a total team score of 418.
McArthur paced Darlington with a 92. Brandt finished with a 104, while sophomores Steven Cotter and Taylor Tiegs carded scores of 109 and 113, respectively, to round out the team scoring in the opener.
The Redbirds return to action on Monday, April 23, at the Iowa-Grant SWAL Meet to be held at Fennimore’s Hickory Grove Golf Course, starting at 4 p.m.
SOUTHWESTERN SWAL MEET
Team scores: Cuba City 168, Southwestern 195, Darlington 204, Iowa-Grant 211, Mineral Point 213, Argyle/Pecatonica 226, Barneveld 250, Fennimore 265.
Meet Medalist: Alex Stewart, CC, 37.
Darlington Scores: Zach McArthur 43, Alex Schulte 46, A.J. Brandt 51, Chase Tuescher 64.
At Galena CC, par 36
DICK MCKICHAN INVITATIONAL
Team scores: Division 1– River Valley 327, Lancaster 339, Platteville 352, Dodgeville 378, Prairie du Chien 384, Richland Center inc. Division 2– Cuba City 334, Southwestern 355, Iowa-Grant 409, Darlington 418, Mineral Point 420, Fennimore 467.
Meet Medalists: D1- Hentrich, L, 75. D2- Stewart, CC, 73.
Darlington Scores: Zach McArthur 92, A.J. Brandt 104, Steven Cotter 109, Taylor Tiegs 113.
At Platteville CC, par 72