Demons fire season-best 18-hole score
Bolstered by the return of a golfer who had missed the first six meets of the season due to academic problems, Washington fired a season-best 18-hole score of 323 at its home Washington Golf and Country Club on Thursday evening to defeat visiting Oskaloosa by 32 strokes.
Washington’s 18-hole total was five strokes lower than the score the Demons posted at their home tournament on Saturday.
“We were very happy as a team with how our scores turned out,” Washington head coach Mark Berhow said. “We’re right where we want to be.”
Washington senior Dillon de Perrot fired an 8-over-par 78 to lead the Demons and take the meet’s medalist honors.
“Dillon again played steady for us,” Berhow said. “He had to scramble a couple of times, but he was able to play well under those conditions. I’m proud of how he keeps his composure.”
Senior Jake Dickinson, who was forced to sit out the team’s first six meets, added a 9-over-par 79.
“We were very excited to have him back on the team,” Berhow said. “In his first meet and his first 18-hole event he shot very well. We’re going to be better with him on the team.”
Freshman Derek Anding shot an 81, and his 39 on the back nine was his low round of the season. Senior Connor Davey’s 85 rounded out the scoring, while junior Ryan Waite and sophomore Blake Weidman both carded an 88.
Senior Tyler Hazelett and sophomore Grant Marek both carded a nine-hole score of 51 to lead the Washington junior varsity, which totaled a team score of 211 and defeated the Indians by 32 strokes. Freshman Lane Burlingame added a 54, and junior Jacob Miles rounded out the scoring with his 55. Junior Jacob Fisher shot a 60.
The Demons now take some momentum into Saturday’s tournament in Fairfield.
“As a team, we were very happy with how we played, but there’s definitely room for improvement from all of the guys,” Berhow said. “Improving will be the key as we head toward [the sectional tournament at] Saddleback [Ridge Golf Course in Solon].”