Demons finish fourth at Fairfield Invite
FAIRFIELD — Golf is a unique sport in that you play against the course just as much as, if not more than, against your competitors.
The Washington boys’ golf team struggled to play against the Fairfield Golf and Country Club at Saturday’s Fairfield Invite, scoring a 340 and finishing fourth out of eight teams.
“Saturday was a struggle for our guys,” Washington head coach Mark Berhow said. “The greens were difficult to read. Some of the conditions were difficult, but still it was difficult for everyone. The course was victorious against some of our guys.”
Still, several of Washington’s golfers improved between their first time through the course and their second round on Saturday.
Senior Dillon de Perrot rebounded from a 41 on the front nine with a 37 on the back. His 8-over-par 78 led the Demons and tied him for fifth place individually.
“He rebounded well in the second round to get down to where he normally shoots,” Berhow said of de Perrot.
Junior Ryan Waite also shot a 41 on the front nine, but shaved a couple of strokes off of his score on the back, carding a 39 to finish with an 80 on the day. Freshman Derek Anding, who was playing the Fairfield Golf and Country Club course for the first time, bounced back from a 45 on the front nine with a 42 on the back for a total of 87.
“When we play an 18-hole event on a nine-hole course, it’s important to make adjustments in the second round,” Berhow said.
Senior Connor Davey and sophomore Blake Weidman both shot a 95 to round out the scoring, and senior Jake Dickinson had a 96.
Even though the outcome of the tournament was disappointing, Berhow still feels his team can keep improving.
“Our momentum was slowed slightly, but I’m confident we’re headed in the right direction,” he said. “We have talented golfers who can improve. I’m confident they will.”
The Demons will try to keep improving during a busy week of competition. Washington hosts a tournament at the Ames Golf and Country Club tomorrow, travels to the Oskaloosa Invite on Thursday and then travels to Williamsburg for a meet on Friday.
“We’re still learning that at an 18-hole event you’ve got to play all the holes with focus,” Berhow said. “Every stroke counts. The next shot is the most important shot of the day.”