Columbus/Spencer’s Ben Alt finishes third at WIAA Division 2 boys golf sectional, qualifies for state
State tournament is June 6-7 at University Ridge
By Paul Lecker
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Marshfield Columbus Catholic/Spencer senior Ben Alt is moving on to the state meet after shooting an even-par 71 and finishing third at the WIAA Division 2 boys golf sectional on Tuesday at Lake Wissota Golf Course.
Alt finished three shots behind sectional champion Thomas Longbella of McDonell/Regis and one behind Nick Anderson of Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau to earn the third and final individual qualifying spot for the WIAA State Boys Golf Tournament, which will be held June 6-7 at University Ridge Golf Club in Verona.
The top two teams — Bloomer and Hayward — and the top three individuals not on those teams qualified for the state tournament.
Alt had nine-hole scores of 35 and 36 to fire the even par round and move on to the state tournament for the first time.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
WIAA Division 2 Boys Golf Sectional
May 31, at Lake Wissota Golf Course, Chippewa Falls (par 71)
Team scores: *1. Bloomer 317; *2. Hayward 329; 3. Amery 332; 4. Ashland 333; 5. Medford 334; 6. Somerset 335; 7. Chippewa Falls McDonell/Eau Claire Regis and Rice Lake 336; 9. Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 340; 10. Baldwin-Woodville 341; 11. West Salem 345; 12. Arcadia 348.
Top 10 individuals: *1. Thomas Longbella (MR) 68; *2. Nick Anderson (GET) 70; *3. Ben Alt (Columbus Catholic/Spencer) 71; 4. Grant Sandberg (MR) and Terrel Bolz (ASH) 74; 6. Noah Price (BLO) 75; 7. Alex Wolfe (Osceola) and Simon Terry (HAY) 77; 9. Mike McDonald (HAY), Grant Curtis (Altoona), Thomas Christensen (AM), and Gavin Douglas (ASH) 78.