Washington Evening Journal
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DONNELLSON — The margin was 103 strokes in an earlier 18-hole tournament for the Washington girls golf team this season in Keokuk. Saturday was a larger difference between first and second. The Demons won by 107 strokes in the Central Lee Invitational.
The day was not easy on a course, which will be one of the longest the team plays this year.
“It presented some different challenges other courses do not, mainly that it is longer than most,” Washington coach Len Kull said. “Postseason courses will have more doglegs, bunkers, water hazards but are not necessarily long.”
The host team did not have enough players for a team score.
Washington had a 331 total, and Keokuk was second at 438. Burlington scored a 483 and Van Buren 487.
Kiki Bruner was the meet’s medalist. She shot an even par 37 on her first nine holes then 38 on her second nine for a 1-over 75. Anna Nacos was runner-up with a 40-42 for a total of 82 over 18 holes. Josie Tanner posted scores of 42-44—86, Makenna Conrad 44-44—88, Kaylin Long 43-45—88 and Alecia Goff 46-46—92.
Burlington’s Lauren Briggs was third at 84, and Keokuk’s Natalie Ames had a 98.
“Alecia continues to improve, and this was her best this season,” Kull said. “Kiki was strong and played her best technical round. Anna was hitting it a mile but having trouble controlling it.
The only negative for Washington was the pace of golf. The tournament was long time-wise.
“The girls like to go, like to keep moving, so it was an exercise in patience,” Kull said.
Washington plays at Burlington Monday, Friday in Mt. Pleasant and Monday, May 10, at a “challenging tournament with a lot of talented teams” in Waukee.