VIROQUA — The Platteville boys golf team made their inevitable conference title official with a 35-stroke victory over runner-up River Valley at last Wednesday’s Southwest Wisconsin Conference Championships at the Viroqua Hills Golf Course.
Senior Andy Eggers shot a 1-under-par 70 to upstage the four-way battle for SWC Player of the Year honors between teammates Cade Rohrbach, Isaiah Altfillisch and Nate Busch, and Lancaster freshman pheonom Noah Kirsch. Eggers shot an even par 37 on the front 9, then birdied 10, 15 and 16 to shoot a 1-under par 33 on the back nine to win medalist honors. Eggers’ sensational day headlined Platteville’s winning 310 total and helped coach John Sponsler’s Hillmen claim the overall SWC title for a third consecutive season.
Rohrbach shot a 5-over-par 76 to finish second, while Altfillisch carded a 79 to finish third. Rohrbach and Altfillisch finished in a dead-lock tie for first-place in the individual SWC standings with 226.5 points to share 2019 SWC Player of the Year honors. It was Rohrbach’s third-straight SWC Player of the Year award.
Busch shot an 85 to place seventh, while senior Brandon Weigel finished 13th with a non-counting 93. Kirsch shot 81 to finish fourth to lead Lancaster (368) to a third-place finish. Kirsch, Eggers and Busch finished third, fourth and fifth in individual league standings to earn first-team all-conference honors.
Platteville will travel to Spring Green today to compete in the WIAA Division 2 River Valley Regional at the House on the Rock Resort.
The top four teams and the top four individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to Tuesday’s D2 Prairie du Chien Sectional. The top two teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to next week’s WIAA State Championships that will be held June 3–4 at University Ridge in Verona.
(from Wednesday, May 14 @ Viroqua Hills Golf Course, par 71)
Team scores — 1.Platteville 310, 2.River Valley 345, 3.Lancaster 368, 4.Dodgeville 384, 5.Richland Center 404, 6.Prairie du Chien n/a.
Top individuals — 1.Andy Eggers (Pla) 70, 2.Cade Rohrbach (Pla) 76, 3.Isaiah Altfillisch (Pla) 79, 4.Noah Kirsch (Lan) 81.
Platteville (310) — Andy Eggers 70, 2.Cade Rohrbach 76, 3.Isaiah Altfillisch 79, 7.Nate Busch 85, 13.Brandon Weigel 93.
Final SWC team standings — 1.Platteville 48, 2.Lancaster 36.5, 3.River Valley 32.5, 4.Dodgeville 22, 5,Richland Center 21, 6.Prairie du Chien 6.
First-team All-SWC — Cade Rohrbach (Pla) 226.5, Isaiah Altfillisch (Pla) 226.5, Noah Kirsch (Lan) 222, Andy Eggers (Pla) 214, Nate Busch (Pla) 213.5.
Second-team All-SWC — Isaac Farrey (Lan) 198, Luke Aron (RV) 188.5, Tyler Bradley (Dod) 169, Eli Hardy (Dod) 152.5, Eli Johnson (RV) 144.5.
Third-team All-SWC — Collin Moore (RC) 139.5, Rory Schultz (RC) 138.5, Simon Ehlinger (RV) 137.5, Matt Gibson 130, Jack Peterson 118.