Demons fall in season opener
After losing three of his top four golfers from last year’s conference champions squad, Washington head boys’ golf coach Mark Berhow knew his team would have little room for error this season.
And his Demons made a few too many mistakes in their season-opener on Thursday night, falling to Southeast Conference rival Mt. Pleasant by nine shots. The Panthers won the meet with a team score of 166.
Senior Dillon de Perrot, Washington’s top returning golfer who was a sectional champion and district runner-up last season individually, struggled on Thursday night, carding a pair of triple bogeys on his way to a 7-over-par 42.
“He went in the water on Hole 2, and he went out of bounds on Hole 8,” Berhow said of de Perrot. “That was very uncharacteristic of him.”
Washington’s No. 2 golfer, senior Connor Davey, shot a 44, but his score was disqualified after he signed for the wrong score on a hole.
“He forgot to double check the score,” Berhow said. “That was the hard lesson he learned, and it will probably be the last time he’ll have to learn that lesson. Fortunately, tonight it didn’t make a difference. With his score, we shot a 170, and without it we shot a 175.”
Sophomore Blake Weidman, who played in just three varsity meets last season, shot a 5-over-par 40 to lead the Demons.
“Blake played very well,” Berhow said. “He was consistent with the exception of [a triple bogey on] Hole 7. He had trouble putting there. But he had two birdies last night, and that’s very encouraging.”
Freshman Derek Anding carded a 44 in his first high school meet, and junior Ryan Waite had a 49 to round out the scoring. Junior Jacob Fisher shot a 64. Sophomore Grant Marek carded a 49 to lead the Washington junior varsity golfers.
“That was one of his better rounds as a golfer so far,” Berhow said of Marek. “We have a sixth spot that’s rotating on the varsity, so he’ll be traveling with us to play No. 6 at Kalona on Tuesday.”
Washington travels to the Kalona Golf Club on Tuesday night for a triangular with Columbus and host Mid-Prairie.
Berhow wasn’t too discouraged by Thursday’s loss to Mt. Pleasant. After all, Washington lost to the Panthers by two shots in its season-opener in Mt. Pleasant last season.
“It was a tough way to start, but it was a good learning experience for us,” Berhow said. “Last year we went to Mt. Pleasant and lost our first meet. But we learned from that and our season turned out pretty well. We’re working to get better for the conference and postseason tournaments.”