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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 22, 2014

Washington Country Club to host triangular

By Derek Helling, Sports Editor | Apr 14, 2014
Photo by: Ashlee De Wit Washington’s Derek Anding, pictured above last Thursday at the Mt. Pleasant Country Club, will lead the Demon boys on the course tomorrow.

The Washington boys’ and girls’ golf teams will be in action for the first time at home tomorrow afternoon. Tee time is slated for 4 p.m. for both teams.
The meet will be a triangular for both teams. The opponents will be the Columbus Community Wildcats and the Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks.
The Demon boys have had two outings so far this season. Derek Anding currently is setting the pace, shooting a combined 77 in 18 holes of live competitive golf thus far in 2014. He improved his total by three shots his last time out, 40 to 37, but Anding is not alone in making that kind of improvement.
Blake Weidman also dropped three strokes off his total from the first to the second outing, going from a 46 to a 43. Tanner Coleman followed Weidman’s trend, also dropping his score from a 46 to a 43. Those improvements helped the overall team drop its total at Benton of 171 to a total of 166 at Mt. Pleasant.
The challenges that the course the boys and girls will be playing tomorrow presents, are many.
“The greens are as good as they are going to get considering the weather that we’ve had. The first six holes can be challenging as the greens aren’t very big and a golfer must be precise. As always in the springtime, the wind will be a factor. The greens won’t be as fast now as they will be in the summer, but for this time of year they are looking smooth,” Washington Country Club golf pro Braden Gaal said.
As far as the opposition goes, the Demon boys are set up to claim victory if they can be consistent. The Columbus Community boys are also two meets into their season and currently have a nine-hole average of 181. The Golden Hawk boys’ team has played just one contest, mostly due to uncooperative weather, and scored a 253 in that lone event.
As far as the girls’ side of things goes, tomorrow will be just the second time out for Washington. The competition for them presents a more even field.
Demon Sarah Waite’s nine-hole average of 49 could make her a favorite to finish as meet medalist going in, but there will be plenty of other girls trying to prevent her from walking away with that medal.
Washington is averaging a nine-hole score of 218.5. Columbus Community has an average of 234.5 and Mid-Prairie has an average of 215.
Whether it be the wind, the greens or the opposition, the Washington golfers will have plenty of challenges to overcome tomorrow as they seek to continue their success.

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