Demons fire season-best score
BURLINGTON — When the Demons walked off of the cold, wet Flint Hills Golf Course in Burlington on Thursday evening, Washington head girls’ golf coach Leonard Kull met them with steaming cups of hot chocolate.
“When they got done, I brought them hot chocolate,” Kull said. “That’s something I’ve never done before. That’s how cold it was.”
The Demons shot their best nine-hole score of the season, a 209, despite playing in cold, windy and wet conditions.
“It was pretty inclement weather, and I was surprised they had the meet,” Kull said. “They were miserable conditions. My team played a pretty gritty round. They played very hard under some very harsh conditions, and we actually shot our best round of the year so far.”
Senior Megan Reuscher carded a career-best 47 to lead the Demons.
“She said she made a lot of medium to short putts, and that really helps out,” Kull said.
Junior Megan Buitendorp struggled a bit, but finished with a 53.
“She’s still not hitting on all cylinders yet, but she did a good job and hung in there and got what she could out of her game,” Kull said of Buitendorp.
Freshman Deanna Peiffer added a 54, and her score counted toward the team score for the first time.
“She’s just a little tiger,” Kull said of Peiffer. “She plays hard, and I really like the way she handles herself. She takes a good whack at it and gets everything she has out of it. And her short game is starting to come around.”
Junior Keysha Dixon shot a 55 to round out the scoring.
“She has the ability to hit the ball pretty far,” Kull said of Dixon. “When she gets squared away in the right direction, she can be pretty effective.”
Sophomore Sarah Waite carded a 56, and junior Maddie Hora had a 64.
Even though his Demons lost to host Burlington by 16 strokes, Kull was pleased with his team’s progress.
“I was really happy with our score,” he said. “It shows we have some potential. We’ll be trying to drop that as we move forward through the season.”
The Demons travel to Mt. Pleasant at 4 p.m. today for a nine-hole match with the rival Panthers.