Washington takes fifth place at Burlington Invite
BURLINGTON — Washington finished fifth out of 15 teams at Monday’s Burlington Invite at the Flint Hills Golf Course in Burlington.
The Demons carded an 18-hole total of 411 to finish fifth in a field that included many quality 4A and 5A schools. Pleasant Valley won the tournament with a 348, and Burlington was second with a 373. Mt. Pleasant took third place with a 386, and Bettendorf was fourth with a 392.
“We were with a lot of 5A schools and performed very well compared to them,” Washington head coach Leonard Kull said.
Washington carded a 204 on the longer back nine, but had a 207 on the tighter front.
“We scored lower on the harder part of the course than we did on the back, which is significantly easier,” Kull said. “We played very well on the front, which is fairly wide open, but longer.”
Sophomore Sarah Waite shot a 96 to lead the Demons, and junior Megan Buitendorp had a 99. Senior Megan Reuscher rebounded from a frustrating performance at the Central Lee tournament on Saturday to card a 105.
“She was very, very disappointed with the way she played on Saturday, and we made some quick changes to her swing,” Kull said of Reuscher. “He first round on Monday she shot a 49, which is like a 12-stroke difference. That’s a lot better. I just thought she did a great job righting the ship.”
Junior Keysha Dixon shot a 111 to round out the scoring, and her 50 on the front nine was a career low. Freshman Deanna Peiffer carded a 116, and junior Maddie Hora shot a 125, including a career-best 57 on the back nine at Flint Hills.
“Keysha had her best round of 50, and Maddie also had her best round,” Kull said. “Those are good things that hopefully we can build on going forward.”
Kull said he’s very pleased that his team is starting to consistently shoot under 210 for nine holes, but that there’s still room for improvement.
“We’ve been making big inroads,” he said. “At the beginning of the season, I hoped to get to 200-210, and we’re there. I have to compliment the girls for their hard work and dedication. We’re getting close to the point where I think we can be an above-average team. Now to get to the next step we have to do something else to get there. I’m going to emphasize course management the next couple of days and see if that makes a difference. I think it will, because I think we’re letting strokes slip away.”
The Demons will try to work on their course management at the Ottumwa Country Club on Thursday when they compete at the Ottumwa Invite. The tournament, which will again feature some stiff competition, will begin at noon.