Tardy Demons roll to victory at triangular
FAIRFIELD — Even after arriving to Thursday’s meet at the Fairfield Golf and Country Club a half hour late, the Washington girls’ golf team still rolled to victory in the Southeast Conference triangular.
But it wasn’t pretty.
The Demons carded their highest score of the season, a 230, but still won the meet by 19 strokes. Keokuk and the host Trojans both shot a 249.
“We started off getting a phone call when we were three-fourths of the way there asking where we were,” Washington head coach Leonard Kull said. “The meet was scheduled to start at 3 o’clock, and it was 3:15. So we kind of hit the golf course running, and I don’t know if we ever caught our breath.”
The Fairfield Golf and Country Club course is one of the tougher ones the Demons will play this season, and it showed in their scores.
“The thing about that golf course is it has several fairly innocent holes and then five or six very difficult holes,” Kull said. “In the past we’ve taken teams over there that have developed a fairly high level of skill and they’ve struggled with that. So I don’t think that score was that out of the realm of possibility.”
Washington sophomore Sarah Waite fired a 50 to lead the Demons and take the meet’s medalist honors.
“Sarah had several very, very solid holes and just looked good, but then she got into trouble on a couple of them,” Kull said. “She has been playing around 50, but I’d like to see her more around 45, which is certainly in her ability.”
Senior Megan Reuscher and freshman Deanna Peiffer both carded a 59, and junior Keysha Dixon shot a 62. Junior Megan Buitendorp, Washington’s No. 1 golfer, signed for an incorrect score and was disqualified.
“All in all, I don’t know that I would call it a positive outcome, but it wasn’t as bad as they think,” Kull said. “They look at it like we’ve taken a step back, but I look at it like we’ve hit a bump in the road and that we need to regroup and keep going.”
The Demons will keep going when they travel to the Central Lee tournament at Green Acres Country Club in Donnellson on Saturday morning. The tournament will begin at 7:30 a.m.