Demons have ups and downs in Ottumwa
OTTUMWA — Washington head girls’ golf coach Leonard Kull said there were times it was “painful to watch” his team play during Tuesday’s meet at Cedar Creek Golf Course in Ottumwa, but overall he felt his team showed improvement.
“I thought their decisions were better,” Kull said. “We just got into a little bit of trouble.”
Washington carded a nine-hole team score of 218 to take second place at Tuesday’s triangular. Host Ottumwa won the meet with a 175, while Pella finished third with a 222.
“Ottumwa has a real fine outfit,” Kull said. “We’ve run into several really good teams around the area in our first five meets.”
The Demons simply got into too much trouble on Tuesday to even come close to the host Bulldogs.
“That course has a lot of trees, and we hit a lot of balls into the trees,” Kull said.
Still, Kull saw improvement from his players.
“Each one of them had flashes where they had good stretches of holes, but each one of them had a hole or two that really put them behind the eight ball,” he said. “What I saw were some big scores on a few holes, but the other ones were pretty reasonable. If we could get rid of those bad holes and stay out of trouble, it’s obvious that we can play pretty decent. That will get us down toward 210, which should be our goal for right now.”
Junior Megan Buitendorp shot a 51 to lead the Demons, while senior Megan Reuscher and sophomore Sarah Waite both carded a 54. Freshman Deanna Peiffer had a 59 to round out the scoring. Juniors Keysha Dixon and Maddie Hora shot 63 and 66, respectively.
The Demons are off the rest of the week, but will host Iowa City West and Iowa City Regina in a triangular at the Washington Golf and Country Club on Monday and then host rival Mt. Pleasant for a dual meet on Tuesday.
“We’re only a couple of strokes off,” Kull said. “If we can get rid of those bad holes, we’re going to be OK.”