Demons take 'a step back'
MT. PLEASANT — The Washington girls’ golf team struggled in Monday’s Southeast Conference dual meet at Mt. Pleasant, finishing with a nine-hole total of 224 at the Mt. Pleasant Golf and Country Club.
“It was probably our poorest outing,” Washington head coach Leonard Kull said. “I don’t think there’s any question about it. We kind of took a step back yesterday. We knew at the beginning of the season it was going to be a bumpy road, and we hit a bump last night.”
The Demons had carded a 209 at Flint Hills Golf Course in Burlington on Thursday, but shot 15 strokes worse in Mt. Pleasant on Monday.
“I think our concentration waned a little bit yesterday,” Kull said. “I saw a couple of instances of that. I’m not saying the effort wasn’t there, but we need to be sharper out there.”
Junior Megan Buitendorp and sophomore Sarah Waite both carded a 53 to lead the Demons. Freshman Deanna Peiffer shot a 56, and senior Megan Reuscher had a 62 to round out the scoring. Junior Maddie Hora carded a 63.
Washington lost to the host Panthers by 26 strokes. Junior Courtney Mabeus fired an 11-over-par 47 to lead Mt. Pleasant and take the meet’s medalist honors, and sophomore Emily Cox was runner-up with a 49. Freshmen Elle Schleismann and Natalie Booten both carded a 51 to round out the scoring. Junior Brianne Holtkamp shot a 55, and sophomore Hailey Spence had a 65.
“Shooting under 200 and defeating Washington were very good accomplishments for our young team yesterday,” Mt. Pleasant head coach Jim Kelly said. “The girls continue to improve, and they took advantage of playing on our home course. Courtney’s medalist round of 47 was outstanding in these conditions, and it was good to see Emily break 50 for the first time.”
Washington had finished six shots ahead of the Panthers at the Keosippi Invitational in Keokuk on April 4.
“We didn’t match up very well with the score that Mt. Pleasant was able to card,” Kull said. “I kind of thought we’d have some pretty good battles with Mt. Pleasant this year, but yesterday we weren’t able to pull it off.”
Even though his team played in cold, wet and windy conditions at the Mt. Pleasant Golf and Country Club on Monday evening, Kull said that was no excuse for the poor scores his Demons carded.
“It’s been crummy, no question, but that’s not what did it,” he said. “We just weren’t sharp. If we’re going to have any success, we’re going to have to be more diligent out there. We just weren’t able to pull that off yesterday, but today is a new day.”
The Demons travel to Ottumwa today to face Pella and the host Bulldogs in a triangular at Cedar Creek Golf Course.
“We’ve just got to get back on the horse and get going,” Kull said. “There’s no use feeling sorry for ourselves. We just need to play better, smarter and with a little more determination. Hopefully we’ll be able to right the ship and play a little better.”