Demons bounce back
In sports as well as in many other arenas of life, there is a good deal of truth to the saying that the best way to get over a bad performance is to get back out and compete again.
On Friday, April 25, the Washington boys’ golf team went to Marion to play an 18-hole triangular with the host school and Williamsburg. The performance of the team can best be summed up by its head coach Mark Berhow’s comment.
“We played very poorly. We learned some hard but valuable lessons,” Berhow explained.
Saturday, April 26, brought a chance for the Demons to put those lessons to use at the Washington Country Club in a tournament with five other schools, including the Marion team they had faced just the day prior.
Washington showed its resiliency and had an immensely better 18-hole round of golf on Saturday.
After the front nine had been played, the Demons were down by seven strokes to the visiting Columbus Community Wildcats. On the back nine, however, Washington showed that it had learned from Friday’s mistakes. The Demons shot a 165 on the back nine to earn a winning score of 340. That was an improvement of 43 strokes from Friday’s 383.
“The boys really made some wise decisions today. They did a much better job of carrying themselves as golfers and avoiding mistakes,” Berhow commented.
Sophomore Derek Anding finished as the meet medalist with his score of 79. Junior Senior Ryan Waite was next for the Demons at 86. Blake Weidman came into the clubhouse at 87. Freshman Mason Rich ended up with an 88. Rich’s classmate Tanner Coleman had an 89 at the end of the meet. Junior Grant Marek completed the scoring for Washington with his 102.
The Wildcats were led to their second-place 346 team score by senior Zac Howell, who shot an 80. Howell had the best score on the front nine with his 38.
Junior Chase Fincke finished at 85. Senior Alex Mincer came into the clubhouse with a 90. Senior Eli Sents shot a 91. Junior Ethan Leyden’s scorecard showed a 93. Junior Mitchell Griffin rounded out the tally with his 94.
Weather cooperating, the Demons will be on the course again tomorrow at Oskaloosa. Columbus Community is slated to play again today at home against Winfield-Mt. Union.