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Argyle-Pecatonica edges CC-SW-B in SWAL meet
Ruetten, Dochnahl, Schlimgen, Johnson earn all-conference
Boys Golf

By Natalie Dillon


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

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

Although AP edged CC-SW-B in the league meet 361-375, season scores still put the Cubans ahead of the Orioles. Mineral Point topped them all, winning its ninth straight conference title.

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

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

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

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

WIAA regionals begin May 21, where both teams will kick off at Mineral Point. The top four teams and top four individuals not on an advancing team qualify for sectionals. Last season, AP made it to sectionals and was six strokes shy of advancing to the state tournament. Ruetten qualified for state as an individual and took 23rd.

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