Demons take second place at triangular
KALONA — After his team played a quirky format at the Keosippi Invitational in Keokuk for its season opener, Washington head girls’ golf coach Leonard Kull was interested to see how his Demons would fare in Tuesday’s triangular at the Kalona Golf Club.
Washington shot a 217 to finish second to host Mid-Prairie.
“This really was our first meet,” Kull said. “The other one had a different format. I thought it was a reasonable first meet.”
Sophomore Sarah Waite, who only played in four varsity competitions last season with scores ranging in the upper 60s, shot a 50 to lead the Demons on Tuesday night.
“That was her most successful round that she’s had in competition,” Kull said of Waite.
Waite, who played a steady round despite cold and windy conditions, was nonchalant about her play.
“It wasn’t too bad,” she said. “I tried to focus on the ball more than anything.”
Megan Reuscher, Washington’s lone senior, added a 54. Junior Megan Buitendorp, the Demons’ No. 1 golfer and lone returning player with considerable experience, struggled and finished with a 55.
“Megan Buitendorp completely lost her swing there for a while,” Kull said. “We’re going to have to work on that because she lost her confidence. But she stuck it out. It wasn’t her best performance, but she kept battling and came up with a score we were able to use.”
Freshman Deanna Peiffer, who was playing in just her second high school meet, carded a 58 to round out the scoring. Junior Keysha Dixon shot a 63, and junior Maddie Hora had a 66.
“Keysha and Maddie both got into some trouble, but they also had some very good scores on some holes,” Kull said. “If they can get some consistency, they will get down into the 50s.”
Mid-Prairie won the meet with a team score of 189. Madde Gent fired a 44 to lead the Golden Hawks and take the meet’s medalist honors. Columbus had a score of 228, and was led by Kortney Orr’s 52.
Kull expects to see his team’s score drop as the season progresses. Washington is scheduled to travel to Flint Hills Golf Course in Burlington on Thursday afternoon for a meet with the Grayhounds.
“I think a good goal for us will be to get down to the 210s,” he said. “I think it’s realistic that with some good weather we can get down closer to 200.”
Waite knows that she and her teammates can keep improving.
“I think everybody played pretty good overall for our second meet,” Waite said. “We’re going to work together and I think we can all get better through the year.”