Room for improvementDemons have a frustrating night at triangular at the Kalona Golf Club
KALONA — Playing at the Kalona Golf Club for the first time on Tuesday, Washington freshman Derek Anding had a steady round, carding an 8-over-par 44.
But he wasn’t that happy with his score. None of the Demons were happy with their scores.
“I was a little frustrated,” Anding said. “It could have been better.”
It was a frustrating night for the Demons, who shot a 178 and lost to Columbus by eight strokes.
“[Our score] was much higher than what we’d hoped to be at at this point in the year,” Washington head coach Mark Berhow said. “We hope to get that down into the 160s. We’ve got work to do. We’re not where we want to be, but I know we can be with practice.”
Anding’s 44 was one of three for the Demons on Tuesday night. Sophomore Blake Weidman also shot a 44. He excelled off the tee but struggled on the greens at the Kalona Golf Club.
“I was hitting all my drives straight,” Weidman said. “I was good on that. It was just the putting. I couldn’t get any putts to fall. I’ve just got to work on my putting. I should have played better.”
Senior Dillon de Perrot, Washington’s No. 1 golfer, also struggled on the green and shot a 44.
“Dillon lipped out quite a few putts, so I’m confident that he’ll rebound,” Berhow said.
Junior Ryan Waite shot a 46 to round out the scoring. Senior Connor Davey carded a 49, and sophomore Grant Marek, who was playing in a varsity meet for the first time in his career, had a 64.
“I know Connor will get better and Ryan will get better,” Berhow said. “We just need to keep working and getting better. I’m confident we’ll do that.”
Columbus, which returned five of its six golfers from last year’s team that qualified for the Class 2A state tournament, shot a 170 to win Tuesday’s triangular. Junior Alex Mincer and sophomore Austin Edwards both carded a 6-over-par 42 to tie for the meet’s medalist honors.
Mid-Prairie finished third with a 218. Junior Trevor Owens led the Golden Hawks with a 52.
When Tuesday’s meet began, the temperature was in the high 70s with light wind. But the wind picked up considerably, and the temperature dropped into the 50s by the time the players turned in their scorecards.
“We’ve got to work on facing adversity and playing in tough conditions,” Weidman said.
Berhow said his team isn’t too far from shooting the kinds of scores it is capable of. The Demons will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to Mt. Pleasant for a triangular with Fort Madison and the host Panthers.
“I think they learned tonight that we still have a lot of work to do and that we’re not that far away,” he said. “There were just some shots that got away from them and some putts that didn’t fall. They’re not big things, but it takes perseverance to press on through.”