Colfax senior golfer Whitney DeMoe more then exceeded her pre-season goal of getting to the sectional tournament as a member of the first ever Colfax girls’ golf team this fall by qualifying for the WIAA state meet held at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison Oct. 14-15.
Whitney shot a first day score of 95 for the 18 holes under somewhat decent weather conditions, but on her second round on a windy, rainy day, she ended up with a 98 for a 193 total which tied her for 23rd place in a field of 39 in the Division II competition. Caroline Lake of Edgewood won the meet with a score of 141 which was 16 strokes better then the runner up.
“I thought as the season went on I might have a chance to get to state,” Whitney said. “I was playing better in each meet and lowering my scores. I think playing against the boys for three years helped me in the big meets because they hit a lot farther. I was hitting farther then a lot of the girls at sectional but at state there were some girls who could really get good distance on the ball. I am pretty happy with my performance, especially on a pretty tough course. I wanted to finish in the middle of the competition and I did. It was a great experience and I will never forget it. I played with some really nice kids who were very talented. I hope this will encourage girls from Colfax to go out for golf next year to keep the program going. In an individual sport, you never know how far you can go if you are willing to work hard,” she added.
Her first year coach Kim Myers was pleased with Whitney’s success as well as with the improvement of her two other golfers, Hannah DeMoe and Allie Yingst.
“Things went really well for our first year,” she said. “I had three great kids to coach who were willing to listen. They all had some background in golf so that made it a little easier to coach, but if any girls want to come out next year, we are encouraging it. You don’t have to be an experienced golfer to come out for the team. If you have your own clubs and are willing to practice hard, I can teach you. A lot of the golfers we faced in our meets were not great but enjoy the game and became more successful as the season went on. Playing some in the summer helps and gives kids a chance to see if they want to play competitively.”