Several members of this year’s Washington Demon boys’ golf team helped the squad qualify for the district tournament last season. Among the six players who helped Washington to a fifth place finish at the Amana Colonies Golf Course last year, four are returning to the squad this spring.
Washington boys’ golf coach Mark Berhow was a guest on this week’s PM Sports Page and says senior Derek Anding will be looked upon to lead the team this season. Anding carded the team’s best 18 hole average last season, posting an average of 81.75 strokes in the four meets. He ended last year with an 11 over 83 in the district tournament, falling two strokes short of qualifying for the state meet as an individual.
Three juniors and a sophomore round out the returners for this year’s boys’ golf team. Junior Mason Rich led the Demons in nine hole average last season, completing half a round of golf in 41 strokes. Rich didn’t participate in last season’s district qualifying meet. Junior Tanner Coleman’s nine hole average was a half a stroke behind Rich’s. He scored a 27 over 99 during last year’s district meet.
Junior Noah Enfield and sophomore Dalton Myers also played the district qualifying meet last season. Enfield carded a 21 over 93, while Myers shot a 32 over 104.
Berhow adds competition is heating up for the sixth and final spot on the varsity squad, saying junior Austin Hazelett and Jacob Van Osdol are the early front runners.
The Demon boys’ golf team opens their competition season next Thursday, competing in a Southeast Conference dual against the Mount Pleasant Panthers. Tee time is set for 4 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Golf and Country Club.