Washington girls fighting complacency
IOWA CITY – The Washington High School girls’ golf team participated in a quadrangular yesterday, competing against Iowa City West, Iowa City Regina and Tipton. The Demons placed second with a score of 194, falling by 15 to Iowa City’s West 179.
That nine-hole score of 194 is actually two strokes over the round played by the Washington girls at home on April 16, when the Demons shot a 192 to win a triangular against Columbus Community and Mid-Prairie.
On April 21, the Washington girls shot a 196 at Pella. The Demons carded the same score at home on April 30.
Last Saturday, the girls shot a back-nine 183 at Central Lee to create some momentum that the Demons were hoping to carry into the last few meets of the season.
Last night’s result was discouraging, however, as there is little time to play the game of one step forward, two steps back for Washington.
“We seem to have leveled off around the pace of what we shot here. Early in the season we weren’t sure what we had with girls of varying experience levels. In a few weeks we thought we really had something, but we seem to have hit a plateau now. At this time of year, you’re either getting better or worse. It isn’t time to go backwards with conference and districts coming up. We seem satisfied to play to the level of our competition. It really isn’t a matter of making better shots but rather better decisions,” Washington head coach Leonard Kull said.
Megan Buitendorp led the Demons yesterday with her nine-hole score of 46. Sarah Waite shot a 48. Deanna Peiffer carded a 49. Brenna Weidman completed the Washington top four with her 51.
Brenna Burlingame and Maddie Hora also played nine-hole rounds yesterday, finishing with scores of 57 and 58. The Demons will be in action again today at Ottumwa if the weather cooperates.
After the meet at Ottumwa today, Washington will travel to Mt. Pleasant to play in the Southeast Conference tournament on Tuesday, May 13.
“We’re going to hope for better results [at Ottumwa] if we play. Whatever it’s going to take to get us back on track, we have to figure out quickly,” Kull added.