Argyle-Pecatonica edges out CC-SW-B in SWAL meet

By Natalie Dillon


NEW GLARUS — For the first time this season, Argyle-Pecatonica defeated Cuba City-Southwestern-Benton in the SWAL meet at Edelweiss Chalet Country Club on May 14. AP junior Alex Ruetten led the charge, scoring a 79 and finishing fourth overall.

“We have been battling Cuba City for second place all season in SWAL events. It was really nice to beat them today,” said AP head coach Chuck Chandler. “Alex shot another solid round. He’s playing really well right now.

Although AP defeated CC-SW-B in the championship game 361-375, season scores still put the Cubans ahead of the Orioles. Mineral Point dominated them all, winning its ninth consecutive conference title.

Throughout the season, individual athletes earned points to determine all-conference teams. The top five golfers earned first team, the next five earned second team, and 11-15 earned honorable mention.

Four of Mineral Point’s top five golfers were voted to the all-conference first team, with Alex Ross being the top scorer. He won five of eight events and had the lowest score of the season – a 32 at Fennimore.

AP’s Ruetten and Evan Dochnahl earned second-team all-conference honors. Ruetten was the sixth-best golfer, missing out on first-team honors by five points. His teammate Cohlman Schlimgen earned an honorable mention.

Darlington finished fifth at the league competition and fourth overall. Olin Johnson, the Redbirds’ top golfer, earned honorable mention all-conference honors.

The WIAA regionals begin May 21, where both teams will start in Mineral Point. The top four teams and top four individuals not on an advancing team qualify for sectionals. Last season, AP reached sectionals and was six shots away from advancing to the state tournament. Ruetten qualified for state as an individual and took 23rd place.

“The WIAA Division 3 regionals are next week. I will be very disappointed if we don’t move on to sectionals,” Chandler said.