$n$ Pirates top five-team golf match at Columbia Point

Pomeroy's Trevor Koberstein cards a 76 for low score as he helps the Pirates to the victory.

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RICHLAND - Pomeroy won the boys' side of a five-way golf match here Thursday.

The Pirates had a team score of 467, along with medalist honors for Trevor Koberstein, who shot a 76 on the par-72 Columbia Point course.

DeSales came in third with a team score of 494. Dayton was incomplete.

Tri-Cities Prep was second at 479 and Liberty Christian fourth at 520.

Pomeroy's other scores were Austin Starin 82, Joel Meyers 85, Tanner Feider 93 and Anthony DellaMaggiora 131.

"We were supposed to play in St. John-Endicott, so this was a great opportunity for our kids to play one more time on the state qualifying course," said Pomeroy coach Jim Green.

Starin and Feider both had personal bests on the course Thursday.

DeSales' team scores were Ryan Baumgart 85, Kyle Konen 89, Bryce Scott 95, Justin Meyer 105, Mat Zimmerman 120 and Chris Xie 125.

Dayton's scores were Dain Henderson 82, Andrew Groom 99 and Garrett Turner 106.

"Dain is putting it together at the right time of the year, just before sub-district," Dayton coach Mike McGhan said.

Waitsburg-Prescott golfer Dakota Baker shot 100.

DeSales placed second in girls play with 476. Tri-Cities Prep won, shooting 422. Liberty-Christian shot 509 and Dayton was incomplete.

DeSales' Ashton Montgomery tied for medalist with Prep's Samantha Pegram. They both shot 101.

Montgomery's medalist honors were good, said DeSales coach Lon Olson.

"That's a big deal," he said. "That's a big step."

Irish golfers Kelly Martin shot 112, Bethany Konen 125 and Alyssa Lyons 138.

Dayton's Abby Champman shot 107 and Kyla Ihle shot 123.

"Abby and Kyla both shot their best rounds of the season," McGhan said. "Most of our girls were in Olympia for the Youth in Government program. We will have our full team back next week for the sub-district tournament."

Several DeSales players were missing for various reasons, from agriculture conventions in Olympia to AP test-taking, Olson said.

Overall, the Irish team is getting better, he said.

"For the most part, they were all best scores for the year," Olson said. "They're really coming on now."

Montgomery, Martin, Bethany Konen, Kyle Konen, Zimmerman and Meyer all had best scores for the year, he said.

"We're close to ready for sub-districts," he said. "I think we're ready to go."

Sub-districts is next week on the same course. Playing it this week, under nice conditions, should be good preparation, Olson said.

"That was the best day we've had in almost two weeks," Olson said of Thursday's weather. "There was very little wind, the greens in good shape. That bodes well for (next week). There's water and sand at Columbia Point, so that's something we don't normally deal with."

Green said it was a good chance to play the course again.

"It was a good day for us, and we'll see if that pays off in the next couple of weeks."

DeSales, Pomeroy and Dayton return to Columbia Point next week. The boys play in sub-districts beginning at noon Monday, and the girls play at noon Tuesday.

From there, about half the boys and girls will move to districts.

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