Demons finish second by a single stroke for the third time this season
AMES — Playing at the site of the upcoming Class 3A boys’ state golf tournament, Washington finished second in a field of six of the best teams in the state.
The Demons, who hosted Tuesday’s tournament at the Ames Golf and Country Club, played some of their best golf of the season and fired an 18-hole score of 322.
“We shot the best nine-hole score of the year on the back nine with a 154,” Washington head coach Mark Berhow said. “I couldn’t be more proud of how the team played. We bounced back from a substandard showing at the Fairfield Invite on Saturday and played the kind of golf that we are capable of playing.”
Senior Dillon de Perrot carded an even-par 71 to lead the Demons and take the meet’s medalist honors.
“Dillon played phenomenal,” Berhow said. “He played a phenomenal round of golf at the state tournament course. He had nine pars on the front nine and two birdies and two bogeys on the back nine to finish even par. He was the meet medalist by five strokes out of 36 of some of the top golfers in the state. He’s playing fantastic golf right now.”
Junior Ryan Waite and freshman Derek Anding both added an 83 for the Demons, and Anding’s 39 on the back nine matched his career-best nine-hole score. Senior Jake Dickinson carded an 85 to round out the scoring, while senior Connor Davey and sophomore Blake Weidman both shot an 86.
Washington, which is ranked 16th in Class 3A in the current Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association rankings, lost to second-ranked Pella by one stroke. It marks the third time this season the Demons have lost by a single shot.
“We are getting a lot of experience with the importance that every stroke counts,” Berhow said. “Every shot you take matters. To lose by one shows that very powerfully to our golfers.”
But the Demons also finished one stroke ahead of sixth-ranked Clear Lake. Washington finished 11 shots ahead of fourth-ranked Fairfield, 15 strokes ahead of Grinnell and 22 shots ahead of top-ranked Williamsburg, which struggled on the day.
“We learned a lot from playing with good teams from around the state and playing a challenging course,” Berhow said.