KEOKUK - Washington High School won the 2019 Southeast Conference girls golf championship behind conference champion Kiki Guo, runner-up Josie Tanner and Emily Waite, who was fourth.
Mt. Pleasant’s Anni Liechty was third and two Mt. Pleasant girls rounded out the all-conference team.
Washington scored 362 as a team to clip Mt. Pleasant’s score of 374. Keokuk shot 480 and Fairfield did not have the minimum four golfers for a team score. Ft. Madison does not have a team.
“The girls looked mighty good,” Washington coach Len Kull said. “They really played well.”
Guo shot 40 on her first nine holes and 38 on her second nine for the winning score of 78 on the par-74 course. Tanner had a 37 and a 45 for her total of 82. Waite shot 45 and 47 for a 92. The fourth score was Macy Driscoll’s 55-55 for a 110.
“This was the first really nice weather we’ve had,” Kull said. “We’ve lost four meets because of weather. I have to give all the girls a lot of credit. We circled this day as a time to be at our best, as something to shoot for, and the girls came through. Mount Pleasant gave us good competition. Kiki and Josie were just outstanding. Emily has come along way. Macy has put in a lot of hard work. Emily is very competitive. Macy is brand new and she really picked up the game well. She has dropped from the mid 60s to the mid 50s. Madison Fishback and Emma Nichols have done great. Carly Burlingame is a senior and she is vital to our team. She has get her swing back but she keeps plugging away. They all gave very good effort.”
The Demons play Monday at Springbook Country Club in DeWitt in a 12-team regional. The top two teams advance plus six individuals to the state meet.
“We have to put in a lot of practice this week to play at our highest level,” Kull said.