DeSales' Baumgart's ninth leads Walla Walla-area golfers at state tourney

DeSales' Ryan Baumgart has a second-round 76 as five area golfers finish up in Kennewick.

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KENNEWICK - Five area golfers finished play at the Class 1B/2B state tournament here Wednesday.

The highest finish among local golfers was DeSales' Ryan Baumgart, who tied for ninth (72-76-148) at the par-65 Tri-City Country Club.

"Ryan was a little disappointed in himself, but I think all the scores seemed to go up on the second day," said DeSales golf coach Lon Olson. "I don't know if it was the rain (in the morning) and then the sun came out, but the boys can't blame it on the weather."

Pomeroy finished in eighth place overall.

Pirate senior Trevor Koberstein (73-79-152) placed 16th and won a medallion, and sophomore Joel Meyers (75-78-153) placed 17th.

"They just battled two days in a row," said Pomeroy golf coach Jim Green. "They never really got into consistent play and they just struggled. But they still battled, and I was really pleased with that."

Dayton's Dain Henderson carded 79-88-167, for 37th place.

Molly Payne, the only local girl at the tournament, carded 101-108-209, for 19th.

"Molly played much better (Wednesday) for the most part," said Dayton coach Mike McGhan. "Unfortunately, she found trouble on four holes and threw down some pretty big scores on those. Otherwise, she was focused and kept coming back with pars and bogies on most o f the holes."

Henderson had trouble with consistency, McGhan said.

"Dain began the day erratically, shooting 15 over par for the first eight holes," McGhan said. "He recovered and played the next nine holes at three over par."

There wasn't a pattern to Henderson's troubles, he said.

"Much of the difficulty was due to bad luck," McGhan said.

A chip shot hit the end of a rake on the fifth hole, and on the eighth, Henderson dropped his putter in the wet conditions, forcing a penalty when it moved the ball.

"Unfortunately for Dain, it was that kind of a day," McGhan said.

Both Henderson and Payne are underclassmen, as is the rest of the Bulldogs' team.

"Both Molly and Dain were disappointed," he said. "However, they will look back at this tournament and use it for fuel for next year. As a coach, I feel fortunate to have such great kids to work with. We did not have any seniors on the team this year, so the future continues to be bright for Dayton golf."

Baumgart struggled with putting, Olson said.

"The old flat stick let him down again," he said. "He didn't get any birdies, and when you get a bogey you have to get a birdie. If that doesn't happen, you're not going to score as well as you'd like to."

Baumgart, a freshman, has time to improve.

"It's a very respectable beginning to a high school career," Olson said.

Baumgart will join fellow sophomore Bryce Scott on the DeSales team next year. There are also five underclassmen girls, including Ashton Montgomery, who was an alternate this year, on the Irish squad.

"It was a great year, there's nothing for us to hang our heads about," Olson said. "We're looking forward to next year and some good plans. It's going to be fun to look forward to.

"The kids represented DeSales and the community very well," he continued. "I couldn't be happier and more proud of the kids in that respect. It's a bunch of great kids and it's encouraging to look forward to the future."

Colfax won the tournament.

Asotin, another District 9 team, placed fourth.

"That gives us an idea of what we need to do to be in the top four," Olson said. "Asotin won it last year, and this year they're in the top four, and they've consistently been there, and they're in our league.

"So District 9 was well represented."

Nathan Putnam from Life Christian Academy (68-65-133) was medalist for the boys, and Kira Powell, from Odessa High School (77-68-145) was medalist for the girls. Life Christian Academy won the girls side.

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