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One stroke makes all the difference
Ella Marcue
Lancaster senior Ella Marcue earned medalist honors at last Wednesday's SWAL/SWC conference meet and led the Flying Arrows to a first-place finish.

DARLINGTON - All year long, the Darlington/Cuba City girls’ golf team has stood in the way of Lancaster when it came to claiming team honors at any of the conference meets held earlier in the season.

But that wasn’t the case last Wednesday when it counted the most, as coach Jeff Pross and his Flying Arrow golf team captured the top spot at the SWAL/SWC Conference Meet held at the Darlington Country Club to wrap up the regular season.

On five different occasions prior to last Wednesday’s meet, Lancaster and Darlington/Cuba City competed against each other, and on all five of those occasions, the Flying Arrows finished second to the Redbirds.

The closest Lancaster ever came to beating the co-op team was on Sept. 6, in Lancaster when Darlington/Cuba City shot a 204 and host Lancaster a 213.

But for whatever reason, Lancaster came out on top last Wednesday, beating Darlington/Cuba City by one stroke, 393-394.

Wednesday’s team score was also the lowest of the season for Lancaster in any of its previous 18-hole meets.

While Lancaster finished with a 393 and Darlington/Cuba City a 394, Southwestern finished third at 448 and Prairie du Chien fourth at 457.

Taking medalist honors was Lancaster senior Ella Marcue, who shot a 43 the first time around, followed by a 47 the second time, and finished with an impressive 90 on the par 70-course.

Freshman Alexis Galvan came in next with a 49 and a 50 for an 18-hole score of 99.

Senior Ashley Adams followed up a 52 in her first round with a 48 in her second, leaving her with an 18-hole score of 100.

Fellow senior Tiffany Leeser rounded out the Lancaster scoring with a pair of 52s, giving her a 104.

Freshman Heidi Marcue competed on varsity, but her 110 was not needed this time around.

The Arrows were still without their No. 1 golfer in junior Chloe Bainbridge, who continues to nurse a thumb injury, and hopes to be back for regional play.

This past Tuesday, the Lancaster ladies participated in the D2 Madison Edgewood Regional, where the top four teams move on to the Wisconsin Dells Sectional, as well as the top four individuals who are not members of a qualifying team.

The Wisconsin Dells Sectional will be held on Monday, Oct. 1.


Conference Meet
(from Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Darlington Country Club, par 35)
Team scores
- 1. Lancaster 393; 2. Darlington/Cuba City 394; 3. Southwestern 448; 4. Prairie du Chien 457.
Medalist - Ella Maruce (Lancaster) 43-47=90
Lancaster - Ella Marcue 43-47=90; Alexis Galvan 49-50=99; Ashley Adams 52-48=100; Tiffany Leeser 52-52=104; Heidi Marcue 60-50=110.
Darlington/Cuba City - Naomi Black 48-48=96; Nikki Zimmerman 50-47=97; Kayla Paquette 48-50=98; Sami Poss 52-51=103; Tina Kurschner 53-50=103.
Southwestern - Sarah Lindenberg 53-50=103; Abby Reiff 56-57=113; Emma Droeszler 59-54=113; Nicole Brotzman 57-62=119; Abby Kunkel 74-56=130.