2018 conference champion
All five Southwestern co-op golfers broke 110 as the Wildcats shot 417 and topped Prairie du Chien by eight shots to win the Southwest Wisconsin Activities League/Southern Wisconsin Conference championship at Lancaster Country Club.
2018 conference medalist
Southwestern co-op senior Kate Wright shot 93 and defeated Prairie du Chien's Gabby Ritchie in a playoff for medalist honors at the SWAL/SWC Championship at Lancaster CC.
Top 2018 WIAA finishes
Team: Darlington shot 425 at the WIAA Division 2 Madison Edgewood sectional and finished seventh, 88 shots behind champion Madison Edgewood and 50 shots out of a playoff for the second state berth, which Arcadia won over Edgerton. Individual: Southwestern co-op senior Kate Wright shot 92 and finished 11th at the WIAA Division 2 Madison Edgewood sectional, 15 shots behind winner Annie Balduzzi of La Crosse Aquinas and two shy of the second state berth.
Preseason top three
Wisconsin Dells, Lancaster, Darlington.
First team: Marissa Gould, sr., Darlington; Riley Lange, sr., Wisconsin Dells; Maura Alvarez, sr., Wisconsin Dells; Gracie Walker, jr., Wisconsin Dells; Haley Wright, sr., Southwestern co-op.
Second team: Morgan Cooley, jr., Lancaster; Kayla Gray, jr., Wisconsin Dells; Allison Kennedy, so., Prairie du Chien; Maggie Nordqvist, sr., Darlington; Macy Sander, sr., Prairie du Chien.
What to watch
There is what some might perceive to be good news/bad news for the four teams that have competed under the umbrella of the Southwest Wisconsin Activities League/Southwest Wisconsin Conference. The good news is that a fifth team has joined the league to give it official conference status, according to Lancaster coach Sarah Williams. The bad news is that team (Wisconsin Dells of the South Central Conference) is a favorite to win the new conference. The Chiefs graduated their No. 1 golfer from a year ago in Allison Anderson, but return two seniors and two juniors off a team that finished fourth at the WIAA Division 2 Madison Edgewood sectional and should be a threat to battle sectional newcomer Prescott for the second state berth out of the Prairie du Chien sectional. Darlington, the only SWAL/SWC team to reach the sectional, returns two golfers from a team that finished fourth behind the Southwestern co-op in the league and seventh in the sectional. Prairie du Chien and the Southwestern co-op, like Wisconsin Dells, graduated its No. 1 golfer, but were expected to return their next four golfers. Lancaster's Morgan Cooley is the top returning finisher from last year's SWAL/SWC Championship.
Circle these dates
Sept. 9 — SWAL/SWC Mini-Meet #3 (Lancaster CC). Sept. 16 — SWAL/SWC Mini-Meet #4 (Cole Acres GC-Cuba City). Sept. 17 — Darlington, Lancaster at Mount Horeb (Norsk GC-Mount Horeb). Sept. 25 — SWAL/SWC Championship (Prairie du Chien CC).