Dayton trio, DeSales duo to golf district tournament


RICHLAND - Two DeSales girls and three from Dayton qualified for the district golf tournament here Tuesday.

Ashton Montgomery shot 110 and Kelly Martin 125 at Columbia Point, a par 72 course. The cutoff for district play was 125.

"They're both freshmen, so for a freshman to make the cut to go to districts is pretty neat," said DeSales coach Lon Olson.

Montgomery has improved her scores over the season, he said.

"Ashton's starting to play very consistently," he said. "She's at about double-bogey golf, which isn't too bad for a relatively inexperienced freshman."

Martin was in a three-way tie for the last spots at 125.

Dayton's Molly Payne stroked 95 and took second place; Abby Chapman had 117 and Kyle Lytle 120 for district berths.

"Molly Payne really played a good round," Olson said. "She had eight one-putts, and that's incredible on that course."

"She (Payne) had it going (Tuesday)," Dayton coach Mike McGhan said. "She put herself in excellent position to be one of District 9's six qualifiers for state."

The course was fast, but nice weather helped. All of the girls were off the course before thunderstorms rocked through the area, Olson said.

DeSales' non-qualifying scores were Alyssa Lyons at 139 and Bethany Konen at 142.

Dayton's other scores were Caylyn Tate, 127; Cheyenne Bell, 138; and Kayle Ihle, 170.

Tate lost a ball on her opening drive, and the two additional strokes ended up making the difference as she missed the cut by two.

"All of the girls have improved their scores over last year's sub-district, and they will all return next year," McGhan said.

St. John-Endicott's Erin Schuster medaled from the red tees. She shot a 92.

All of the district qualifiers return to Columbia Point next Tuesday.


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