Demons open season with second-place finish in Keokuk
KEOKUK — After losing six seniors from last year’s squad and having just six girls on the roster this season, the Washington girls’ golf team entered Thursday’s Keosippi Invitational with a lot of questions.
But the Demons, as head coach Leonard Kull had predicted prior to the season opener, proved to be competitive as they took second place at the five-team tournament at the Keokuk Country Club.
“I thought it was a good day,” Kull said. “I was pleased with our initial performance.”
Washington totaled a team score of 405, finishing 25 shots behind first-place Burlington. The Demons edged rival Mt. Pleasant by six strokes for second place.
“Washington and Mt. Pleasant are yet again going to have some close matches throughout the year,” Kull said. “That’s good, because we’ll run into them often. We’re going to have a lot of good competition with them.”
The tournament has a quirky format that gets all six players on a team involved in scoring. Megan Buitendorp and Megan Reuscher played singles for the Demons.
Buitendorp, the only golfer returning from last year’s Washington squad with a lot of varsity experience, shot a 101 to take third place individually on Thursday. Reuscher, the lone senior on the Demon roster, carded a 108 to finish fifth individually.
Sophomore Sarah Waite and freshman Deanna Peiffer played best ball, playing the hole as individual players and then recording the better score. The two players combined to shoot a 91, leading all duos playing that format.
“Sarah and Deanna teamed up very well and they complemented each other very well,” Kull said. “When one had a poor shot, the other came to her rescue.”
Juniors Maddie Hora and Keysha Dixon played best shot, combining to shoot a 105.
Kull knows his Demons will continue to improve as they get more practices and meets under their belts. Washington will travel to the Kalona Golf Club on Tuesday for a meet against Mid-Prairie and Columbus, and then travel to Flint Hills Golf Course in Burlington on Thursday for a rematch with the Grayhounds.
“We’ll continue to improve,” Kull said. “I thought it was an excellent outing for the first time.”