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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 1, 2014

New season, same Demons

By Derek Helling, Sports Editor | Mar 24, 2014
Photo by: Derek Helling Washington High School’s girls’ golf team is just weeks away from opening the 2014 season on April 10 at Keokuk. The team from left to right is head coach Leonard Kull, sophomore Deanna Peiffer, sophomore Brenna Burlingame, freshman Brenna Weidman, senior Maddie Hora, and junior Sarah Waite. Not pictured is senior Megan Buitendorp.

“I watch the ripples change their size but never leave the stream,” are lyrics from the song “Changes” by David Bowie. While there are certainly many things that change in life, others remain constant and give us a sense of security. One of those things in the Washington area is the girls’ golf team.
One of the aspects of the team that hasn’t changed in over three decades is the coach. Leonard Kull has been coaching the Washington girls’ golf team since its inception in 1980.
“I was lucky enough to be selected to coach the team and I’ve loved it ever since. We’ve had a lot of really talented girls and a lot of success,” Kull said.
Another thing that hasn’t changed is the stellar performance of the the Demon girls.
“We finished third in the region last year so we just missed qualifying for state as a team, but we did have two girls (Megan Buitendorp and Sarah Waite) qualify as individuals. We started out very young and inexperienced but we improved over the season a lot,” Kull stated.
“This year I have four of the five from last year’s team. They have come a long way. We will be competitive, that’s for sure. Our scores got pretty competitive over the course of last season. Our strength is that we are fairly decent off the tee but the short game is important. We stress it a lot and work hard on it,” Kull explained.
“This year’s schedule is pretty similar to what we’ve always done. It’s a difficult schedule. My philosophy is that you get better when you play against better people. We will play the big schools up and down the Mississippi River. We will play our conference. We are going to tournaments where there will be teams from the middle of the state. We have had success against these teams in the past,” Kull commented.
The girls will hit the course for the first time on Thursday, April 10 at Keokuk. The Demons will then host two meets on Tuesday, April 15 against Columbus Community and Mid-Prairie then on Thursday, April 17 against Burlington. Three road dates separate those events and the next home date of Thursday, May 1 against Fairfield and Keokuk. Washington will then hit the road for the rest of the season, six more meets until regionals on May 27.
Under Kull’s leadership and with the dedication and talent of the golfers, Washington is sure to enjoy the consistency of an excellent girls’ golf team not changing for another year.

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