Girls’ golf state bound
Everything came together on Tuesday for the Washington girls’ golf team.
Led by Sarah Waite and Brenna Weidman, who both carded an 88, the Demons put together a team score of 365 to win the regional meet, sending the whole team to the state meet.
“They’ve continued to work hard all year,” head coach Leonard Kull said. “It paid off at the end because this was the regional tournament and the time we needed to play well to advance to the state competition.”
After the tiebreakers were sorted out at the end of the meet, Waite finished third individually, and Weidman placed fourth.
Megan Buitendorp finished the meet in sixth place individually after recording a 90 in the meet, and Kull couldn’t say enough about her performance this season.
“(Megan) played well enough to win the tournament for the first 16 holes but just wasn’t able to finish it out,” Kull said. “Our No. 2 girl, Sarah Waite, did an excellent job and she and Megan have been doing our heavy work all year. They’ve carried us for a good portion of the year and did an excellent job this time as well.”
Weidman’s performance was a career best, and for the Demons it couldn’t have come at a better time.
“(Brenna Weidman) shot a career round,” Kull said. “This was kind of like a perfect storm. She’s been around 100 for her best, and here she shot an 88 yesterday. Everything fell into place for her and she did a great job. She astonished herself and her teammates.”
Deanna Peiffer carded a 99 for Washington, followed by Maddie Hora’s 108 and Brenna Burlingame’s 111 to round out a big day for the team.
Washington finished 10 under the second team state qualifier from the regional, Mt. Pleasant. The top two teams and five individuals qualified for the tournament.
The trip to Ames for the state tournament will be the first time in four years for the Demons after qualifying for four straight years before that.
“This is not an unheard-of event,” Kull said. “This is something we shoot for at the end of the year to move on and qualify to display our skills on a high plane. We thought we had a pretty good shot to advance because we had been playing pretty close to Mt. Pleasant, who was the class of the competition on paper. Fortunately you don’t mail your score in, you have to prove it, and yesterday was our day.”
The meet will be a two-day two-round event starting on Monday.