Six Walla Walla-area District 9 golfers to state

Three DeSales players, two from Pomeroy and a lone Dayton Bulldog advance to next week's state tourney.

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RICHLAND - DeSales placed second in District 9 golf play at Columbia Point here Monday, and six local golfers are advancing to the state tournament next week.

The Irish had a team score of 54 points, six behind Asotin's winning 60. Pomeroy was third with 36, Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia fourth at 29, Dayton fifth with 15, Liberty Christian sixth at 14 and Tri-Cities Prep seventh with 13. Waitsburg-Prescott finished eighth with five points.

Six of the 15 boys from District 9 qualifying for the state tournament are from DeSales, Dayton and Pomeroy.

Waitsburg-Prescott's only golfer did not qualify, but is an alternate.

It was the first time DeSales finished second, said head coach Lon Olson.

"That's definitely a step in the right direction," Olson said.

DeSales freshman Ryan Baumgart was the medalist, carding a combined score of 152 after shooting 75 and 77 in two days of play.

Baumgart was seven strokes ahead of the second-place finisher, an Asotin golfer. Pomeroy's Trevor Koberstein finished third, carding 83 and 77 for 160.

DeSales' golfers Baumgart, Kyle Konen (85-91-176) and Bryce Scott (96-86-182) continue on to state next week. Ben Konen (90-100-190) is done for the year.

Waitsburg-Prescott golfer Dakota Baker (89-96-185) is a second alternate to state.

Pomeroy's Trevor Koberstein and Joel Meyers (94-77-171) will also play in the state round. Austin Starin (92-95-187) and Ryan Koberstein (94-94-188) will not continue.

Meyers moved from 18th to fifth place in play.

"It was a really good day for Joel," said Pomeroy coach Jim Green.

Although Green would have liked to have more played qualify, he's happy with the two seniors continuing to state.

"We've got two kids with chances at state," he said.

Starin and Ryan Koberstein are both juniors, with the chance to come back next year, Green said.

"It didn't happen this year, but they've got the opportunity to improve with some off-season work and come back."

Dayton golfer Dain Henderson (83-91-174) was sixth and is the lone Dayton representive to state.

"Dain struggled with most of his clubs today, but his putter kept his score down," Dayton coach Mike McGhan said.

Baumgart improved from the front nine to the back on the day, Olson said. He had three birdies. Kyle Konen had two birdies.

"He made a nice comeback on the back side," Olson said of Kyle Konen's play.

Scott improved from 44 on the front to 42, and Ben Konen dropped from a 48 to 42.

Waitsburg-Prescott golfer Baker had putting problems, Olson said.

"Putting really hurt Dakota bad," Olson said. "He should've had a state spot, but you've got to play all the parts of the game."

The greens were fast, and the weather good, aside from early sprinkles, Olson said.

"Some kids had to play through a little rain, but generally it was another gorgeous day. The kids couldn't complain about the weather."

It could be a different story today, when the District 9 girls head to Columbia Point. Rain and light winds are forecast throughout the day.

The players who qualified for state will return to the Tri-Cities next Tuesday and Wednesday for the state round at the Tri-Cities Country Club in Kennewick.

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