WASHINGTON — Kiki Guo-Bruner finished fourth at the girls state golf meet last year for Washington. Anna Nacos placed third for Dubuque Wahlert. There was just a stroke difference.
This year there will be no difference in the schools they play for this season as Nacos has returned to play for the Demons.
Mitchell Driscoll has graduated but Brock Sobaski and Brady Knutson are returning for the boys. Both were All-Conference performers and made it past sectionals last year.
Carly Burlingame has graduated and coach Len Kull said she was a big difference on an inexperienced team.
The Demons have 14 girls signed up.
“We have significant numbers and experience, especially with senior Emily Waite,” Kull said. Macy Driscoll and Madison Fishbach are seniors with Emma Nichols and Josie Tanner as returning juniors. “We should be confident we will make a difference with Josie, Emily, Anna and Kiki as our top four.” Tanner was 24th at state and Waite was 33rd to help the Demon place sixth as a team.
The girls have won six consecutive Southeast Conference titles but will have Burlington to contend with this year.
Burlington does not field a spring boys golf team, playing in the fall.
“The Southeast Conference is wide open this year,” WHS coach Collin Stark said. “I still feel that it is between us and Mt. Pleasant but could see Fairfield compete to win conference this year as well.”
Mitchell Driscoll has graduated.
“We are looking for Caleb Tanner, Grant Sobaski, and John Prohaska making that next step this year to give us consistent scores and Wilx Witthoff is coming out,” Stark said. “We always focus at the beginning of the season on making great contact and making sure our swing is in good tempo. The short game is where most of our strokes are made, so we always spend 25-30 minutes a day on the short game. As the season progresses, we focus more on the little details of their swing to get consistent contact and are hopefully playing their best by the end of the year.”
With the suspension of the school year, coaches have not been able to meet with their teams. Wednesday would have been the first meet.
“We had a Monday practice scheduled but the governor suspended school that Sunday,” Kull said. “If something gets pieced together, we have a chance to make a difference.”