Demons fire season-best score, but fall to Fairfield
The Washington boys’ golf team shaved nine strokes off of its best score of the season in Tuesday’s home triangular with Fairfield and Fort Madison.
And it wasn’t enough.
The Demons shot a season-best score of 161, but lost to Fairfield by a single stroke. Fort Madison finished third with a 187.
“Every stroke counts,” Washington head coach Mark Berhow said. “This is a great example and a great learning lesson for the guys that every putt you take and every shot selection you make can make a difference.”
Improving by a stroke was a point of emphasis for the Demons going into Tuesday’s meet. Several players shaved several strokes off of their best score of the season, and Washington improved by nine shots.
“For this meet, our goal was to improve,” Berhow said. “I talked to the guys before the meet, and I said, ‘I want each of you to find one stroke to improve on.’ And several of them found more than one stroke, so I’m really proud of them.”
Washington’s top four golfers all shot their best individual scores of the season. Senior Dillon de Perrot carded a 4-over-par 39 to lead the Demons. Senior Connor Davey and junior Ryan Waite both added a 40, and freshman Derek Anding had a 42.
“Dillon, Connor and Ryan played very well,” Berhow said. “Derek struggled a little bit, but he came back with a birdie on No. 1. Those guys really stepped it up.”
Sophomore Blake Weidman shot a 45, and sophomore Grant Marek shot a career-best 53. Senior Tyler Hazelett, who was playing junior varsity, shot a career-best 52.
Freshman Nick Higgins and junior Matt Carr both carded a 38 to lead the Trojans.
“It came right down to the final threesome coming in,” Berhow said. “We were leading by one stroke with the golfers who had come in, and we ended up losing by one. So it was a dramatic ending to an exciting meet.”
Even though the Demons lost to the Trojans, Berhow was pleased with the progress his team made.
“At the beginning of the season, we said that one of our goals for the season was that the highest score we wanted to count was a 42, so we were very competitive in this meet because that’s exactly what we came up with,” Berhow said. “We had been in the 170s, and I’m hoping that we’ve turned a corner and won’t head back into that range. Last night was a big step in the right direction.”