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One stroke makes all the difference
Flying Arrows finish second to River Valley
Earning honorable-mention SWC golf honors were: (from left) Derek Wedige (River Valley), Everett Ellingson (Platteville), Josh Hentrich (Lancaster), Nate Stram (PdC) and Dan Adamany (PdC).

The Lancaster varsity boys’ golf team came up short in their bid to repeat as the Southwest Wisconsin Conference champions last Tuesday.

Going into the 18-hole SWC Championship held at the Galena Golf Club, the Flying Arrows were a half point behind River Valley in the league standings.

Coach Brad Sturmer’s squad had to finish ahead of the Blackhawks in Tuesday’s meet if their bid to repeat as champions was to materialize.

By the time the scores were tallied and the final group had come in, the Flying Arrows were one stroke short of the Blackhwaks, who finished with a team score of 318.

Lancaster, who shot a 319 on the par-71 course, was led by senior Zach Hentrich and juniors Nathan Farrey and Andrew Gates, all three shooting a six-over-par round of 77.

Rounding out Lancaster’s score was freshman Josh Hentrich, who carded an 88.

With all conference points doubling at Tuesday’s meet, River Valley finished the year with 44.5 conference points, while Lancaster had 42.

In the individual conference race, Zach Hentrich, the two-time defending conference MVP, finished second to Dodgeville junior Chapin Orr.

Orr finished the year with 228 conference points and a conference average of 37.5.

Zach wasn’t far behind with 221 conference points and an average of 38.1.

Also finishing in the top five and earning a spot on the all-conference first-team squad was junior Nathan Farrey.

Farrey finished conference play with 206 points and an average of 39.9 to finish fourth in the conference standings.

Gates, who finished second in the conference standings a year ago, placed seventh this year to earn second-team all-conference honors with 188 points and an average of 41.1

Freshman Josh Hentrich came in 12th with 139.5 conference points and an average of 44.3 to earn honorable-mention honors.

This past Tuesday, the Flying Arrows began their quest for a return trip to the state meet by participating in the D3 Mineral Point Regional.

Next Tuesday is the Markesan Sectional, where Lancaster must finish among the top two teams in order to get back to University Ridge.


SWC Tournament
(from Tuesday, May 21, at the Galena Golf Club, par 71)
Team scores
- 1. River Valley 318; 2. Lancaster 319; 3. Dodgeville 342; 4. Platteville 363; 5. Prairie du Chien 396.
Top 5 - 1. Graham Westley (River Valley) 37-37=74; 2. Chapin Orr (Dodgeville) 34-42=76; 3. (tie) Zach Hentrich (Lancaster) 38-39-77, Nathan Farrey (Lancaster) 36-41=77, Andrew Gates (Lancaster) 36-41=77.
Lancaster - 3. (tie) Zach Hentrich 38-39=77; 3. (tie) Nathan Farrey 36-41=77; 3. (tie) Andrew Gates 36-41=77; 12. (tie) Josh Hentrich 42-46=88.

SWC All-Conference Golf
First Team

Chapin Orr               Dodgeville      228
Zach Hentrich          Lancaster        221
Graham Westley      River Valley    206.5
Nathan Farrey          Lancaster       206
Alex Wedige            River Valley    203.5
Second Team
Anders Wermuth      River Valley    191
Andrew Gates          Lancaster       188
Josh Beck                Platteville        181
Steven Stadler         Dodgeville      178.5
Nate Hottmann        Dodgeville       147.5
Honorable Mention
Dan Adamany         PdC                 146
Josh Hentrich          Lancaster        139.5
Nate Stram              PdC                136.5
Derek Wedige         River Valley     136
Everett Ellingson     Platteville        133

SWC Final Standings

River Valley....................44.5
Prairie du Chien.............18.5