Demons fire season-best score at home
Playing at its home course for the first time this season, the Washington girls’ golf team shot a season-best score of 208 as it hosted a pair of teams from Iowa City for a triangular at the Washington Golf and Country Club on Monday evening.
“We played a little better,” Washington head coach Leonard Kull said. “I thought at the beginning of the season that if we could be around that number we are shooting to our potential.”
Washington’s best score before Monday’s meet was a 209 at Flint Hills Golf Course in Burlington on April 11. But three Demons shot season-best scores individually to help the team score even lower.
Even though junior Megan Buitendorp’s first tee shot of the night found the creek on the par-4 first hole at the Washington Golf and Country Club, she still carded a season-low 48 to lead the Demons.
“For the most part, she was in control,” Kull said of Buitendorp. “She had just a good, solid round.”
Sophomore Sarah Waite added a career-best 49.
“She was very steady around the greens,” Kull said of Waite.
Senior Megan Reushcer shot a 54, which was her nine-hole average entering Monday’s meet. And freshman Deanna Peiffer had a 57, which was also her average, to round out the scoring.
Junior Keysha Dixon carded a 59, and junior Maddie Hora shot a career-best 60.
“She’s inching down there as well,” Kull said of Hora.
Through six meets, Kull is pleased with the improvement he is seeing from his six players.
“I’m pleased with our progress,” he said. “We can see that the young ladies are listening. They’re thinking about what they’re doing. I’m starting to see a lot more shots that we’re pulling off that make a lot of sense. That’s a good thing for us to be able to be doing.”
But Kull and the Demons aren’t satisfied with Monday’s score.
“There’s every reason to believe we can continue working on that and get closer to 200,” Kull said. “When you get down to 200, I feel like you’re above average as a team.”
The Demons finished second out of three teams at Monday’s triangular. Iowa City West won the meet with a 184, and Iowa City Regina finished third with a 229.
“We have been playing some excellent teams — Mt. Pleasant, Burlington, Ottumwa and Iowa City West,” Kull said. “These teams are the best around here. Our performances against them are gradually getting closer. So we’re not blowing up when we’re seeing good shots and skillful players. The young girls are working and improving, and that’s all you can ask.”
The Demons were scheduled to host rival Mt. Pleasant tonight at the Washington Golf and Country Club, but that meet has been canceled due to inclement weather. Washington’s next meet will be on Thursday, when the Demons travel to the Fairfield Golf and Country Club for a triangular with Keokuk and the host Trojans.
“That golf course is a very demanding course, and hopefully we’ll show some ability to maintain our composure there,” Kull said. “That would be good, because we will be playing the conference tournament there in a couple of weeks.”