Demons headed to state tournament

GTNS photo by Andy Krutsinger

Washington's Josie Tanner tees off in a meet earlier this season. Tanner finished third at Monday's regional.
GTNS photo by Andy Krutsinger Washington's Josie Tanner tees off in a meet earlier this season. Tanner finished third at Monday's regional.

DEWITT - It was a tough day, a long day and a mentally taxing day. Golfers went through a variety of emotions, but knew they would have to keep moving on regardless of the last shot.

Washington High School did that the best of 11 girls golf teams at the Class 3A Region 5 tournament at Springbrook Country Club and became regional champions. The Demons scored 371. Central DeWitt was second with 379. Davenport Assumption scored 396 and the rest of the teams’ scores were higher than 408. The top two teams advance to state May 28-29 at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny.

“It was not an easy place to play,” Washington coach Len Kull said. “The girls should really be proud of themselves. They have had a great work ethic all year and this win is a testament to that.”

Kiki Guo led the Demons as the meet medalist, shooting a 37-41 for her total of 78. Josie Tanner was third in the individual standings with 47-39—86.

“Josie and Kiki have been our leaders all year,” Kull said. “They work hard, they love the game and they’re still very young, but they’re playing at a high level.”

Macy Driscoll carded consistent rounds of 49-51 for an even 100 score.

“Macy was just tremendous,” Kull said. She played steady and it was her best round so far this year. It has only been two months since she first had a club in her hand. Her improvement has really benefited of the team. She is become more confident by working on her short game. She hits the driver like a boss.”

The fourth score was Emily Waite’s 107 as she shot 54-53.

“With Emily, sometimes it’s lights out and sometimes it is hard for her to get going,” Kull said. “She did very good to salvage a great score on the day. It would be easy to get down with a slow start, but she didn’t and she rallied very well.”

Carly Burlingame shot 111 and Emma Nichols 118.

“Carly is getting her swing back,” Kull said. “She is just ready to break through. Emma and Madison (Fishback) are critical to our success. I want to figure out a way to use both of them at state.”

The Demons will go to the state course on memorial day to play a practice round and famaliarize themselves with the course.

“There’s a lot on our plate as we have a lot to work on,” Kull said. “There are things we have to fine-tune.”

The Demons have a good week to practice all those things, but they will take a step back and relax first.

“Our plans for state will be to rest up because I want them fresh,” Kull said. “We need to take a breath because we have already played our toughest meet and that was today, the one to get you to state.”

There are going to be a lot of good teams that state but the Demons are right there with them.

“We have to be at our best,” Kull said. “Someone will shine up there and drag the rest of them along with them.”

The state tournament will be held at the same site that the Demons won the 2007 title, although it has undergone some renovations since then.

“Now the fact is that we are there so we just have to show what we can do,” Kull said. “The kids are passionate about the game and we are having fun. This approach has worked well for my teams the past several years.”

Mid-Prairie’s Patterson to state

Mid-Prairie’s team score of 412 was not low enough to advance out of Class 2A Region 4 at Pleasantville Golf and Country Club, but Abbi Patterson’s score of 94 was fifth and the top six individuals advance. Other scores for Mid-Prairie are Emma Mattes’ 108, Abby Statler’s 103 and Georgia Nisly’s 107.

Columbus’ Duncan advances

At Lynville’s Diamond Trail Country Club, Columbus did not advance as a team in Class 1A Region 4, but Aubrey Duncan advanced as an individual. Duncan carded an 86 to tie for the low score of the meet.

Schlabaugh to state

In a boys 2A regional Friday, Mid-Prairie was third and did not advance as a team, but Noah Schlabaugh shot a 2-over-par 74 to finish second and qualifies him to play at state at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshaltown Thursday and Friday. He shot a 2-over 39 on the very long front nine and an even-par 35 on the back. His round was highlighted by two birdies. He made four bogies and 12 pars.

“His short game was solid and was able get up and down to save par many times,” Mid-Prairie coach Kelby Bender said.